Efforts for a “legal justification” granting Al-Kazemi’s government the authority to send the budget to Parliament

Efforts for a “legal justification” granting Al-Kazemi’s government the authority to send the budget to Parliament

Posted, 2022-05-23 08:58

Efforts for a legal justification granting Al-Kazemis government the authority to send the budget to ParliamentShafaq News/ Parliamentary sources revealed, on Sunday, that there are efforts to find a legal justification to give the caretaker prime minister an official authorization to send the draft federal budget law for the year 2022, for the purpose of passing it by the House of Representatives.

Experts in Iraqi law confirm that authorizing the caretaker Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, to send the draft budget, requires an absolute majority vote of the members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, i.e. (half of the total number + one) to enable the latter to perform this procedure exclusively.

And the Federal Court (the highest judicial authority in Iraq), had canceled last week, the draft law on emergency support for food security and development, sent by the Al-Kazemi government, and it was scheduled to be voted on by the House of Representatives during a regular session, based on a lawsuit filed by Representative Basem Khashan. .

In a clarification following the cancellation of the Food Security Law, the Federal Court noted the inability of the caretaker government to send bills to Parliament, and that such a procedure requires the presence of a government with full powers, which raised fears of disrupting the current year’s draft budget.

The political blockage and the intransigence of the parties controlling the scene with their demands was the formation of the government, which contributed to the disruption of a number of bills that have direct contact with the citizen, including the General Budget Law, which was expected to include setting a financial ceiling for job grades long awaited by unemployed graduates. .

Regarding the above, a parliamentary source told Shafak News Agency, “The information obtained confirms that the caretaker government may refer the budget law for the current year to the Parliament for passage, if it obtains an official parliamentary mandate that enables it to refer the bill to Parliament.”

The source added, “All the data indicate the interaction of most parliamentary forces with that, to ensure the passage of all projects of interest to the citizen,” noting that “passing the emergency food security support law does not contradict the budget law, given that the first aims to accelerate the disbursement of financial allocations to the authorities.” concerned with food and medicine and the energy profile (electricity and fuel).”

For his part, the legal expert, Ali Al-Tamimi, suggested the possibility of parliament authorizing the government to “administer daily affairs” the right to send the general budget law, because it is related to food security, which is one of the first priorities of the caretaker government.

Al-Tamimi explained, to Shafaq News Agency, that “this mandate needs a vote of the absolute majority of the number of members (half +1), and that this right is limited only to the budget law exclusively, and the mandate must include the approval of the final accounts of the previous year’s budget in accordance with the Financial Management and Debt Law Year No. 6 of 2019, all in accordance with Articles 62, 5 and 61 of the Constitution and 12 and 13 of the Financial Management and Public Debt Law No. 6 of 2019 and Articles 128 to 138 of the Parliament’s bylaws.