MP: Demand for urgent session aimed at affecting efforts for PM's interrogation22/06/2012 09:30
ERBIL, June 22 (AKnews)- By demanding an urgent session of the House of Representatives, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is seeking time in order to affect the MPs' efforts to interrogate him.
Yesterday Maliki called for the urgent session to discuss the violation and authorities of the executive and legislative bodies and the areas of overlap between the authorities of the two bodies.
The demand to convene an urgent session is only an effort "to gain more time and affect the efforts for withdrawing confidence from government," said Muayyad Tayyeb who leads the Kurdistan Blocs Coalition (KBC).
Tayyeb added "this is something we have not heard before…. It's customary for the House to interrogate the executive authority and, as for the government, it can object to the rules issued by the House of Representatives.
"But as violations against the executive body, this is something we have not ever heard before."
Three major forces in the House, the KBC, the Sadr Current and the Iraqiya List collected signatures to withdraw confidence from Maliki, who is described by their leaders as a "dictator."
Initial reports said that more than the legal number of MPs have signed against Maliki.
When the Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, rejected an official demand to withdraw confidence form PM on the pretext that the number of the signatures were less than the legal number, the three forces began papering files to interrogate Maliki inside the House over some constitutional and legal violations.
By Raman Brusk