On deception and lies within the Iraqi parliament

Thursday, 1 February 2018

If we were in a country whose government respects itself and which respects its citizens and looks after them, we would have witnessed a serious uproar following the recent developments related to the upcoming elections in Iraq. What Members of Parliaments revealed after it was decided to prohibit anyone who does not at least have a Bachelor Degree to run for the elections is a serious scandal.It turned out many members of the higher legislative body in the country violate the law day and night. ...

Adnan Hussein

Iraqi parliament fails to agree on new election date

Friday, 19 January 2018

The Iraqi parliament has failed to set a new date for elections and has also postponed its session until Saturday. The session was attended by 200 out of 269 Members of Parliament (MP). As many as 149 MPs agreed to hold a secret vote to specify the election date. However, members belonging to the Iraqi Alliance rejected the result and demanded to recast the vote and to count the votes again. ALSO READ: The significance of new explosions in Baghdad Other MPs said Parliament Speaker Salim ...

Democracy and legislation related to child marriage

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Iraq today has an elected parliament. Ninety years ago, it also had an elected parliament. It is thus one of the oldest countries practicing modern democracy. Theoretically, societies’ awareness is supposed to develop with time. However, this is not always the case. Iraq’s parliamentarians are currently looking into amending personal status law to legislate few matters such as allowing parents to marry off minor girls, as young as nine, and allowing tribes to resort to tribal customs ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Immoral amendments of Iraq’s amnesty law

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The present Iraqi government inherited a huge budget deficit due to the unbridled corruption of former governments and a precipitous fall in oil prices. However, the ongoing but ineffective austerity program could achieve many of its desired results and save hundreds of billions of dinars a year if it simply downsizes the country’s gargantuan judiciary, beginning with the office of the chief justice down to the lowest-ranking court functionary. In fact, we no longer need the judiciary or ...

Adnan Hussein

Iranian MPs under fire for ‘humiliating’ selfies with the EU’s Mogherini

Monday, 7 August 2017

After what seemed to be a “struck by stardom” moment, members of the Iranian parliament are being criticized for their “unusual” behavior with the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, the BBC reported on Sunday. Mogherini was bombarded with MP members who asked to take selfies with her. The diplomat was in Iran for President Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration on Saturday. Social media users took to Twitter to reflect their position on the incident. Many ...

Syria pays for ISIS attack in Tehran

Friday, 16 June 2017

What happened was expected, but who would have imagined that the response would be as it came. Terrorist attacks targeted a main institution that is the Parliament Building; it is a symbolic building, the shrine of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini. As for the terrorists, they were Iranian citizens. The reaction of a group of Syrians was: “We, the Syrians, have suffered a lot from terrorism, ISIS, al-Assad and the Iranian regime; we stand in solidarity with ...

Huda al-Husseini

Morocco cabinet wins parliamentary backing, set to review budget

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Morocco’s Islamist-led cabinet won a vote of confidence in parliament on Wednesday after the country went more than six months without a government, causing delays to public spending and reforms. Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani from the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) addressed the lower chamber of parliament late Wednesday, after which the 395-seat chamber voted in favor of the new cabinet and government program. Othmani’s government will hold its first meeting on ...

Kuwait court backs government over petrol price hikes

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Kuwait’s appeals court ruled on Sunday that a government decision to raise petrol prices was in line with the constitution, overturning a decision by a lower court. It said the decision to raise prices was within the cabinet’s powers. Ali al-Ali, one of several lawyers who filed the suit against the government, said on Twitter the group intends to challenge the latest ruling in Kuwait’s supreme court, whose decisions are final. Kuwait has been hit hard by a sharp drop in crude ...

Lebanese president blocks expected extension of parliament’s term

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Lebanese President Michel Aoun suspended a parliamentary session for a month on Wednesday, temporarily blocking proposed plans to extend parliament’s term for the third time in a row since 2013. Parliament was expected to vote on Thursday to extend its own mandate again until 2018 without an election, officials said. Current lawmakers were elected in 2009 for what was meant to be four-year terms. Activists had called for protests against the extension, which they decried as a blow to ...

Tunisia parliament adopts anti-corruption law

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Tunisia’s parliament on Wednesday approved a law to fight widespread corruption that has plagued the North African country’s economy since the 2011 revolution.One hundred and forty-five lawmakers out of 217 voted to pass the 36-article law, which criminalizes any retribution against whistleblowers including any disciplinary measures against civil servants. “Strong legislation like this helps fight corruption,” said Civil Service Minister Abid Briki, who attended the ...

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