Middle East Petition asks Iraqi FM back to parliament

Petition asks Iraqi FM back to parliament
Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari gestures as he speaks during a press conference on October 1, 2014 in the capital Baghdad. (Photo: AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The members of Iraqi parliament are collecting signatures to call the former Foreign Minister of Iraq back to the parliament, said a Kurdish MP on Monday.

Adil Nouri, a Kurdish member of Iraqi parliament, told Kurdistan24 that so far 70 signatures have been collected to bring the Foreign Minister of Iraq Ibrahim al-Jaafari back to the parliament to question him about some cases related to his Ministry.

Nouri, who leads the campaign, stated that after obtaining enough signatures, the petition would be sent to the Parliament speaker of Iraq Salim al-Jabouri.

On August 25, Iraqi parliament sacked Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi over corruption allegations. He was removed from office as the Iraqi security forces were in preparations for the military operation of Mosul, the second-largest city under the control of the Islamic State (IS) and their de facto capital.

Although Obeidi denied the accusations of being involved in the contracts of buying weapons, a large proportion of the Iraqi lawmakers voted to withdraw confidence from him. Obeidi accused Jabouri and five other lawmakers of plotting to weaken Iraqi government.

“Those who brought Iraq to where it is now have triumphed,” Obeidi wrote on his official Facebook account. "I tried with everything to fight corruption, but it appears that its masters are stronger, their voices louder and their actions more enduring.”

On September 21, the Iraqi parliament also withdrew confidence from Hoshyar Zebari, the Minister of Finance. 158 members of parliament voted in favor of withdrawing confidence from him, 77 voted against the measure while 14 abstained.

Iraq is largely suffering from financial, security and political turmoil. Political instability has risen in the country after the federal government failed to make necessary reform in the cabinet.

 

Editing by Ava Homa

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