Iraqi parliament speaker, KDP President discuss resumptions of parliament sessions

A general view of the Iraqi parliament during a meeting in the capital Baghdad, September 3, 2018. (AFP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Iraqi parliament speaker and the President of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) discussed the resumptions of parliament sessions at a meeting on Sunday.

KDP President Masoud Barzani met Parliamentary speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi who is also the leader of Taqaddum party, and Khamis Khanjar, head of Azm alliance, Barzani’s headquarters in a statement said.

The meeting discussed the political situation and the necessity of relying on the dialogue language, stressing the resumptions of Iraqi parliament sessions, and holding early elections, according to the statement.

“Both sides expressed their readiness for a constructive participant in bringing the parties together and any steps that serve the national interests, social peace, and protecting nation’s security,” it said.

Iraq held an early election in October 2021 after a mass civil anti-corruption and pro-reformist movement held a nationwide protest in Iraq in 2019, demanding an early election and amendments in electoral law which later forced former Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi to resign.

In the October election, the Sadrist movement led by Iraqi influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr won the largest share of seats, claiming 73 in the legislative chamber.

Sadr who emerged as the major winner in the last election but failed to form a majority government with his Kurdish ally KDP and Sunnis that excluded his rivals.

And now he is calling for the dissolution of parliament and early elections, refusing to negotiate unless his demands are met.

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