Parliament’s deputy speaker says situation in Kurdistan ‘dangerous’

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Kurdistan Parliament’s deputy speaker Hemn Hawrami said on Tuesday the current situation in the Region is “dangerous”, calling on the legislature to play its role.

“Threats on the Kurdistan Region have increased,” Hawrami said in a press conference in Erbil.

“The Kurdistan Parliament should play its role, fulfill its legal and political duty, and help political parties and Kurdistan’s people so as to minimize part of the dangers”, he added.

His comments came after the U.N. envoy to Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert invited representatives of the Kurdish parties for a “joint closed meeting” on Thursday to exchange their views as elections are set to be held on October 1.

“With the KR [Kurdistan Region] elections scheduled for 1 October 2022, this meeting provides a welcome and timely opportunity for a direct exchange of views,” she said in a tweet.

The parliament’s deputy speaker said amendments to the Region’s electoral law required “open and precise discussion”.

“If all parties want to have their demands to meet in amending the electoral law, we won’t reach a result and the law won’t be amended,” he added.

In February, Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani set October 1 as the date for parliamentary elections in the Region.

The political parties now want to amend the electoral law and reactivate the Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission in the Kurdistan Region.

In March, Parliament Speaker Rewaz Fayaq said most of the parliamentary blocs agreed to amend the electoral law then reactivate the electoral commission, but the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the New Generation wanted the commission to be reactivated first.

“The New Generation has changed its stance recently and wants the electoral commission to be reactivated first,” she said.

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