Parliament monitors government work intensively
Kurdistan Parliament has asked the government 80 questions in three months
The 2013 parliamentary elections in Kurdistan region created a big change in the political and governmental process since all the winning political parties including the opposition decided to participate in the eighth cabinet.
Big changes have also occurred in the relations between the Kurdistan Parliament and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Better cooperation and coordination can be discerned between the two.
Fakhraddin Qader, a Secretary in the Kurdistan Parliament, said «This round of the Parliament is very different from the previous ones.The Parliament Presidency, for instance, is run by a group from different political parties and representatives unlike the previous one that was run only by two parties.”
Within a period of only three months, according to Qader, the Parliament has discussed several sensitive issues such as: the amendment of Kurdistan Region Presidency’s law, reorganization of the demonstration law, High Electoral Commission and Political parties’ budget laws.
Based on the internal system of the Parliament and the Government, the two sides have to meet once a month. “The Kurdistan Parliament has asked the Government 80 crucial questions only in three months,” said Qader.
In the last meeting between the two organs, which was held on August 26, the Speaker of the Parliament Dr. Yusif Muhammad Sadiq and Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister of KRG, met each other. At the meeting, Dr. Sadiq gave an explanation about what the different committees in the Parliament have done for the refugees of the recent events in Kurdistan and the situation of Peshmerg forces in fighting against the ISIS. He also talked about the financial crisis in Kurdistan since Baghdad has refused to send Kurdistan’s share of the budget since the start of the year.
On his side, Nechirvan Barzani informed the Speaker that KRG has done its best to help refugees in general and Yezidis and Christian from Shingal and Musil in particular. He criticized the Iraqi government since it has not done anything in support of the refugees in Kurdistan.
Both sides agreed on informing more countries about the situation of the refugees, their urgent needs inside the camps and the necessity of considering the massacre of Shingali people as genocide.