No quorum guaranteed, no clear schedule

Sadistic MPs in parliament, last March (Ahmad Al-Rubaie / AFP)

Today, Thursday, the Iraqi parliament is expected to hold an emergency session at the request of 50 members of the Coordination Framework coalition, more than two weeks after the start of parliament’s first legislative recess, which will last until the middle of next continues. month.

The session, confirmed by Iranian-backed coalition MPs, that it came under the item to discuss the repeated Turkish bombing in Iraq, to ​​be in line with Parliament’s internal system, which could provide emergency sessions for security. holding reasons related to the country will also testify to the presentation of the names of the Sadrist movement’s deputies 73 deputies to take the constitutional oath.

The number of members that will be added to the coalition (coordination framework) is estimated at more than 40 new deputies, as the election law stipulates that the replacement of the deceased or retired representative will be the next with the number of votes in the same. constituency, while the other seats are divided among other powers and blocs.

On the eve of the session, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, denied in a statement yesterday, Wednesday, the validity of press reports about Iranian threats to him that prompted him to withdraw from the political process.

He said: “I will say for the first time that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not put any pressure on any Shiite party this time, and what is being rumored that the reason for our withdrawal was an Iranian threat is a lie and falsehood. “

Al-Sadr accused “Iran’s arms” of engaging in “political violations against the Iraqi judiciary and trying to turn it in its favor, as well as exerting pressure on other political blocs, independents or non-Shiite blocs.” Al-Sadr’s statement is the first reaction to press reports that he has been exposed to Iranian threats that have prompted him to withdraw from the political process.

The emergency parliament session and the objectives of the “coordinating framework”

Until yesterday afternoon at one o’clock, Wednesday, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the “Sovereignty” alliance, allies of the Sadrist movement’s leader Muqtada al-Sadr, did not resolve the attendance of their deputies after the emergency session, due to the efforts of the “coordinating framework” to include the file of the deputies of the Sadrist bloc’s deputies in the session’s agenda.

The sitting is supposed to address the appointment of a deputy speaker of Parliament, replacing Hakim al-Zamili, a leader in the Sadrist movement, which means that the last hope for the Sadrist’s return to Parliament has been cut off. word.

On the position of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, its leader, Masoud Barzani, revealed on Wednesday that “the Kurdistan region requires, for its participation in the next federal government, the commitment of the Iraqi political parties to the three principles: partnership , balance and consensus. ” Barzani’s position comes in a statement issued after his meeting with the Danish ambassador to Iraq, Stig Paulo Beiras, in Erbil.

Al-Sadr: Iran’s weapons try to exert pressure on political blocs

Well-informed political sources in Baghdad told al-Araby Al-Jadeed that a negotiating delegation from the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Alliance of Sovereignty had a meeting with leaders in the (coordinating framework), at the office of parliamentary speaker Muhammad Al-Jadeed. Halbousi liked. in Baghdad, the night before yesterday, Tuesday, to discuss holding the session emergency parliament.

She added, “The assembly did not touch on the issue of political alliances or the formation of the Iraqi government, but was devoted to the emergency parliamentary session, as the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Sovereignty Alliance had reservations about the inclusion of the file of the replacements for the Sadrist bloc’s representatives on the agenda of the session, as it is with the postponement of this file until the beginning of the legislative term.

The sources added that “the meeting ended without a final agreement being reached on the participation of delegates from the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Alliance of Sovereignty in the emergency parliamentary session, and there will be a new meeting between the three parties to ultimately views on attendance or boycott. “

She stressed that “the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Alliance of Sovereignty have demanded that the emergency session be only to discuss the recent Turkish bombing of Iraqi countries, without discussing the file of deputies for the Sadrist bloc’s representatives, so that there a presence for the representatives of democracy and sovereignty. “

The political sources concluded by saying that “the leader in the Coordinating Framework Alliance, Nuri al-Maliki and other parties within the coalition are trying to expedite the resolution of the issue of the Sadrist bloc’s deputies, for fear that the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, would withdraw from this decision, and even move to form the new government effectively, following the rise of a number of its deputies in Parliament, making it the largest bloc in parliament .

Regarding the outcome of today’s session, the leader of the “Coordination Framework”, Ayed Al-Hilali, told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that “today’s session was presented and accepted on the grounds that it was the Turkish bombing in Iraq. had to discuss, but we will also work on resolving the replacement file for the Sadrist bloc’s representatives. ” And he expressed his surprise, “the Presidency of Parliament does not announce the agenda of the session.”

The quorum for the emergency session is not guaranteed

Al-Hilali stated that “the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Alliance of Sovereignty have not decided to participate in the emergency parliamentary session due to their objection to the inclusion of the replacement file for the Sadrist bloc’s representatives on the agenda. of the session. “

He continued, “If the emergency session is held according to a full quorum, the file of the Sadrist bloc’s deputies will be resolved, and if the legal quorum is not available, the session will be held with the aim of There has been a request for Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and a number of military leaders to attend the session to discuss this file with them, but it is not certain that they will attend.

It is not certain that Sadr’s allies will take part in today’s session.

In turn, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Mahdi Abdul-Karim, told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that “their decision to participate in the session has not been decided,” and noted that “the decision is linked to the results of the dialogues with the leaders of the coordination framework in the coming hours. “

And he said that “the purpose of Parliament’s emergency session is to discuss the issue of the Turkish bombing, but the powers of the coordination framework want to exploit it to resolve the file of the Sadrist bloc’s replacements, especially since the majority of the deputies will be from the powers of the coordination framework, and we agree that the session should only discuss the Turkish attacks, because the session Contingencies should be limited to only one file.

A member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party stressed that “the session is very likely to boycott, but we are waiting for the results of the dialogue and agreement that will be with the forces of the coordination framework in the coming hours, as it is he who will decide whether we will attend or not, in addition to the representatives of the Sovereignty Alliance. “

On the other hand, legal expert Ali Al-Tamimi revealed in an interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that “according to Article 58 of the Constitution, the extraordinary session was devoted to discussing the issues that necessitated the invitation, and the Speaker of Parliament or 50 deputies may convene the holding of the extraordinary session, and the holding of this sitting must be attended by a quorum of half plus one (166 deputies).

Al-Tamimi pointed out that “the new parliamentarians must take the constitutional oath before the parliament starts, and the speaker of parliament can invite parliament to an emergency session dedicated to the swearing of the constitutional oath, and other topics can are discussed provided that these topics are present in the request submitted to hold the session. ”

The “Coordinating Framework” and its allies of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, the “Azm” Alliance, the “Desimation” Alliance, the Christian “Babylon” Bloc and independent delegates, have about 140 delegates (out of 329), and this reaffirms their inability with the allies to hold a sitting of Parliament with a quorum Camel, in order to resolve the issue of deputies for the representatives of the Sadrist bloc, which holds the sitting subject to the approval of the “Sovereignty “Coalition and the Kurdistan Democratic Party.

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