The Iraqi parliament sets a session to elect the president of the republic

The Iraqi parliament sets a session to elect the president of the republic

2022-10-11 07:36

The Iraqi parliament sets a session to elect the president of the republicShafaq News/ The House of Representatives has set a session the day after tomorrow, Thursday, to elect the new President of the Republic of Iraq in light of the intensification of differences over this position by the two main Kurdish parties (the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan).

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Muhammad al-Halbousi, announced in a speech during the parliament session, that the session on Thursday, October 13, will be the agenda of one paragraph, which is to elect the President of the Republic in accordance with the constitutional provisions binding on that and the decisions of the Federal Court, as well as the request of a number of deputies.

Al-Halbousi called on the General Secretariat of the House of Representatives to provide the members with the CVs of the candidates, indicating that the session will be held at 11 am.

The political custom in Iraq after the year 2003 and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s regime at the hands of the US forces and their allies has been that the Shiites occupy the position of prime minister, and that the Kurds obtain the position of President of the Republic, and the Sunnis the Speaker of Parliament.

This comes at a time when the two main Kurdish parties in the Kurdistan Region did not reach an agreement on a single candidate to fill this position, but the Kurdistan Democratic Party is insisting on its candidate, Riber Ahmed, and the Patriotic Union is also Egypt on Barham Salih.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party, the first party in the region, fears a repeat of the scenario of 2018, when the Iraqi parliament proceeded to elect Barham Salih to the presidency despite the party’s opposition.

On Saturday, Reber Ahmed, Minister of Interior of the Kurdistan Region, the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s candidate for the post of President of the Republic of Iraq, stressed the need for the Kurds not to go with two candidates for this position to the capital, Baghdad.

Ahmed said during his hosting on the sidelines of the conference of the Kurdish issue in the Middle East, which was held in Erbil, “We do not accept that we go with two candidates for the post of President of the Republic to Baghdad. Either the mechanism for selecting the candidate is through the electoral majority, or he is chosen by the people of Kurdistan through their representatives in Kurdistan Parliament,” noting that “outside the framework of these two options, the will of other people will be imposed, and the candidate who will take the position will come with the votes of other people and not the votes of the people of Kurdistan.”

He added that “what happened in 2018 from choosing a president of the republic, the latter did not represent the people of Kurdistan and became president with the votes of other people,” stressing that “we want this experience not to be repeated again, but the decision must be in the hands of the people of Kurdistan, and that they decisively their candidate for this position.