Consultations begin to choose new Iraqi PM

2/3/2020 12:06:00
     Consultations begin to choose new Iraqi PM

A parliamentary source said on Monday that the Iraqi President must assign another candidate to the post of prime minister of the Iraqi Federal Government, after returning to square one with the Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi's withdrawal from forming the government.


The Iraqi Presidency had announced on Sunday night that the President of the Republic had begun his consultations to choose another alternative within a period of 15 days.


“The President of the Republic must assign another candidate within 15 days according to the law,” Almas Fadhil, MP from the PUK’s bloc in the Iraqi Council of Representatives, told PUKmeida.


On Sunday night, Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi announced his apology for forming the new government.


Fadhil pointed out that the Council of Representatives has not announced the date of its next session, indicating that the President of the Republic will decide on the nomination of another alternative that matches the aspirations of the demonstrators.


Legal expert, Tariq Harb, said on Monday: “The matter returns to the first square and the President of the Republic has a period of 15 days to assign the candidate of the largest parliamentary bloc and he must complete his government within a period of one month, as if nothing had happened.”


On Sunday, the Council of Representatives failed to hold its extraordinary session due to the lack of a quorum.


MP from the PUK bloc in the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Dilan Ghafur said in a special statement to PUKmedia that 108 of the MPs attended the session, which was not held due to the lack of a quorum.


Hassan Alli, another MP from the PUK Bloc in the Council of Representatives, said in a special statement to PUKmedia that “The Kurdish blocs did not enter the Council of Representatives’ hall, and the Shiite blocs boycotted the session,” explaining that more than 80 MPs were outside the Council’s hall.


The Sunday session was postponed for half an hour, at the request of the Presidency of the Parliament, according to MP Taha Hama Amin of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan bloc in the Council of Representatives.


The Iraqi President, Barham Salih, appointed Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi Feb 1, after squabbling lawmakers from rival parties had failed for two months to decide on a successor to Adel Abdul Mahdi, who resigned in November during mass unrest.



(Translated and Edited by H.H.)




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