Kur­dish MPs voted for new par­lia­men­tary pres­i­den­tial board

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Af­ter sev­eral months, the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment held a ses­sion to elect the Pres­i­den­tial Board of the Kur­dish Par­lia­ment on 29 April, 2014. Sev­eral Parliamentarians ab­stained from voting.

For the first time the Change Move­ment (Gor­ran) took the Par­lia­ment Speaker post. Yusuf Mo­hammed from Gor­ran was elected by the ma­jor­ity of the Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment. Deputy to par­lia­ment speaker was given to the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) Jaa’far Im-inki. The sec­re­tary to the Par­lia­ment Speaker post was ex­pected to be given to the Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan ( PUK) but it re­fused to take it, as it re­jected to join the new Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment ( KRG) cab­i­net be­fore the elec­tions. The post in­stead was given to Ab­dul­rah­man Qadir from the Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Group (KIG) tem­po­rar­ily. KIG gained one seat in the last Septem­ber Par­lia­men­tary elec­tions. The MPs voted on a white-colored sheet for the Speaker post, red-colored sheet for Deputy of the Speaker and pink-colored sheet for the post of the Sec­re­tary.

How­ever, the PUK has not de­cided to join the new cab­i­net yet but it an- nounced if it chooses to be an op­po­si­tion then it will work like a pos­i­tive one, crit­i­ciz­ing Gor­ran claim­ing that it played the role of a neg­a­tive op­po­si­tion party.

A PUK MP said the mean­ing of a pos­i­tive op­po­si­tion is that it will crit­i­cize the govern­ment works ob­jec­tively and with com­po­sure with­out us­ing the is­sues for po­lit­i­cal pro­pa­ganda.

Af­ter the ses­sion, al­most all the po­lit­i­cal par­ties con­grat­u­lated the Pres­i­den­tial Board and wished the best for the new Par­lia­ment.

Newly elected Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment Speaker Yusuf Mo­hammed from Change Move­ment (Gor­ran) [cen­ter], Jaa­far Iminki [left] from KDP and Ab­dur­rah­man Qadir [right] from Ko­mal deliver speech dur­ing a press con­fer­ence on April 29, 2014.

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