Iraq Business Report

Last updated at 20/01/2018

Gorran and Komal bloc opposes postponing Iraqi elections

The both of Change Movement and Islamic Group are only Kurdish blocs to oppose postponing Iraqi election. Gorran MP said

Ameen Bakir, The Kurdish Lawmaker from Gorran bloc in Iraqi parliament told KNN that the Gorran and Komal bloc are only two Kurdish blocs among other Kurdish blocs opposed postponing Iraqi election in Saturday's session.

"postponing the elections is the appalling of a political process and has a negative effect on democracy and breaching the constitution," he added.

The Change Movement (Gorran) and Kurdistan Islamic Group (Komal) remained inside, while the PUK, KIU and KDP together with some Sunni MPs boycotted the session. 

Iraq‌s parliament failed on Saturday to approve May 12 as the election date, as suggested by the government, as Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers demanded a delay to allow hundreds of thousands of war-displaced people to return home.

Shi‘ite politicians, including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, insist on holding the election as planned on May 12, saying a delay would be against the constitution.

Speaking after Saturday‌s session in Baghdad, Parliamentary Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni, expressed hope that parliament would be able to vote on an election date by Monday, state TV reported.

Abadi is seeking re-election, building on a surge in his popularity among Iraq‌s majority Shi‘ite Arab community after leading the three-year fight against Islamic State militants, supported by a U.S.-led coalition.
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