Kur­dis­tan to ad­just con­sti­tu­tion and solve pres­i­den­tial is­sues be­fore mid-Au­gust

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Many of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties sug­gest to adopt par­lia­men­tary sys­tem just like Bagh­dad. Some more claim Bagh­dad’s sys­tem is not at­tract­ing to im­i­tate it.

Nowa­days, the Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties are ar­gu­ing about adopt­ing a rul­ing sys­tem for the fu­ture of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, where the dis­cus­sion sur­round­ing the pres­i­den­tial term has raised the is­sue of con­sti­tu­tion amend­ment.

They be­lieve that the con­sti­tu­tion draft has no a quick so­lu­tion for the pres­i­den­tial term which is now a heated dis­cus­sion in Kur­dis­tan.

The MPs say that the con­sti­tu­tion has to be ad­justed to guar­an­tee a par­lia­men­tary sys­tem, adding that the cur­rent sys­tem is a mix­ture of pres­i­den­tial and par­lia­men­tary sys­tem. But not all the MPs are agreed on one view for the fu­ture sys­tem.

Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party of Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani is de­fend­ing the cur­rent sys­tem and wish­ing to have a strong pres­i­dent on the top of ex­ec­u­tive body in the coun­try, what the other par­ties be­lieve is not suit­able for Kur­dis­tan and its po­lit­i­cal struc­ture.

Some an­a­lysts de­fend the weak po­lit­i­cal and rul­ing sys­tem in Bagh­dad and want the same one be ap­ply­ing in Kur­dis­tan, where the pres­i­dent is hav­ing a cer­e­mo­nial power and that it does not suits Kur­dis­tan.

As Au­gust 19 is ap­proach­ing, the last day of Pres­i­dent Barzani’s term, the par­ties should speed up the ef­forts to re­solve the is­sues of the pres­i­den­tial term and con­sti­tu­tion.

Many be­lieve that the par­ties should take other op­tions into con­sid­er­a­tion be­cause they might not be able to solve it through the con­sti­tu­tion on time.

As the Iraqi Kur­dish con­tinue to fight ex­trem­ists from the group known as the Is­lamic State, and as they con­tinue to ar­gue with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment about their share of the na­tional bud­get, there is an­other cri­sis loom­ing on the po­lit­i­cal hori­zon

In Iraqi Kur­dis­tan, as in many coun­tries, there is a spe­cial law that gives ev­ery per­son the right to be Pres­i­dent for a limited num­ber of con­sec­u­tive terms; ac­cord­ing to cur­rent laws in the semi-au­ton­o­mous re­gion, the Pres­i­dent of the re­gion may only re­main in power for two terms.

A term is four years. And Barzani com­pleted his two terms in the mid­dle of 2013.

The Gen­eral Co­or­di­na­tor of the Change Move­ment (Gor­ran) Noshir­wan Mustafa has pre­vi­ously de­clared that he is sup­port- ing a par­lia­men­tary sys­tem for Kur­dis­tan sim­i­lar to the one in Bagh­dad.

The Con­sti­tu­tion for Iraqi Kur­dis­tan has never been com­pleted and it con­tains an amend­ment that says the fol­low­ing: “The term of the Pres­i­dent of the Re­gion is four years”, and “the Pres­i­dent can nom­i­nate him­self for a sec­ond term, as of the day the Con­sti­tu­tion en­ters into force”.

This means that if the Con­sti­tu­tion is not en- dorsed in its cur­rent form, Barzani will have the right to nom­i­nate him­self for an­other two terms in ad­di­tion to the two and a half terms he’s al­ready served.

Un­der­stand­ably this has caused a lot of ar­gu­ments in Kur­dis­tan al­ready. The two sides to the ar­gu­ment can be broadly de­fined as those who would de­fend the demo­cratic process and those who want to de­fend Iraqi Kur­dis­tan’s in­ter­ests.

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