Kurdish MPs voted for new parliamentary presidential board
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.