Kurdistan Parliament could remain in limbo until next election, says MP

Kurdistan Parliament could remain in limbo until next election, says MP
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SULAIMANI – The Kurdistan Parliament could be in recess until the next round of elections in the Kurdistan Region in 2017, according to one Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) lawmaker.

Speaking to NRT on Monday (June 13), head of the KIG bloc in the Kurdistan Parliament and MP Marwan Gallaly said inconclusive meetings, crises affecting the region and a lack of willingness among Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) members have blocked efforts to reactivate the assembly.

“The KDP aims to change the parliament’s leadership, according to a political agreement, but that won’t happen unless parliament is activated,” Gallaly said.

“If the next election is held, then parliament won’t be activated until that time,” he added.

A months-long political crisis in the Kurdistan Region has left the legislature in limbo since speaker Yousif Mohammed was blocked from entering Erbil in October as he made his way to the parliament building in the region’s capital city.

KDP authorities blame the Change Movement (Gorran) for attacks on its party offices in the region’s east during protests that turned violent in the fall of 2015.

 

(NRT)