The Speaker of Parliament admits to using his powers to obstruct the questioning of the Minister of Finance

The Speaker of Parliament admits to using his powers to obstruct the questioning of the Minister of Finance

2021-04-14

The Speaker of Parliament admits to using his powers to obstruct the questioning of the Minister of FinanceParliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi admitted, on Wednesday, to obstructing the questioning of Finance Minister Ali Allawi, justifying that for the existence of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund.

Al-Halbousi said in an interview, “I used my powers to postpone the questioning of the Minister of Finance because of negotiations that Iraq was conducting with the International Monetary Fund.”

He added, “The frequent interrogations are not considered a criterion for the success of the House of Representatives,” noting at the same time that “the Presidency of the Council of Representatives did not impede the questioning of anyone.”

Al-Halbousi attributed “the delay in the parliament’s sessions until noon time to the deputies’ preoccupation with reviewing departments and following up on citizens ’affairs.” He wondered about “the reason for not objecting to holding cabinet sessions at four in the afternoon, while the parliament sessions are being objected to at one in the afternoon.”

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