Withdrawing confidence from government needs voting of more than half MPs, says legal expert

Baghdad (AIN) -The legal expert, Tariq Harb, stated “legally, withdrawing confidence from the current government is possible in case of questioning the Prime Minister, Maliki over certain issues and in case the Parliament approved it by voting on it.”

“The withdrawal of confidence requires approval of (164) members of the parliament out of the total number (325) MPs which means more than half of them,” stressing “this cannot be achieved because of the disputes among the political blocs.”

He added “in case the withdrawal is voted on, the government would become a caretaker government.”

The head of Sadr Trend, Muqtada al-Sadr, has participated in a meeting which was held in Erbil involving the President, Jalal Talabani, the Speaker, Osama al-Nijaifi, the President of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, and the as well as the head of the Iraqiya Slate, Ayad Allawi, to discuss the political crisis.

The participants in the meeting sent a letter, including nine items, to the Iraqi National Alliance requesting Maliki to apply them within fifteen days otherwise they will withdraw confidence from him. /End/