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