PM Barzani ‘concerned’ over efforts to change parliament seats of componets

Barzani has urged the recipients to “thwart these efforts and protect the rights of the components.”
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani delivering remarks at an event in Erbil. (Photo: KRG)
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani delivering remarks at an event in Erbil. (Photo: KRG)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani has sent a letter to the Iraqi judiciary, electoral body, and the United Nations mission in Iraq over the efforts to change the seats of religious and ethnic components in the Kurdistan Region parliament, according to a government statement.

The letter has been addressed to Faeq Zaidan, the head of the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council, Judge Omar Mohamed, the chairman of the Iraqi Board of the Independent High Electoral Commission, and the United Nations Secretary-General Special Representative for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, per the statement.

In the letter, Barzani reiterated his government’s full support to protect the rights of religious and ethnic components in the Kurdistan Region, as he had expressed his “concern and protest” over the efforts to change the seats of the components in the Region’s parliament as well as violate their rights, it said.

Barzani has urged the recipients to “thwart these efforts and protect the rights of the components.”

The premier’s letter comes a day after Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) President Masoud Barzani’s office released a statement, expressing the Kurdish leader’s stance on the legal challenges posed to the components’ seats. 

“The components should be allowed to decide on their fate, and no restricted framework should be imposed on them,” the press release said of “Barzani’s viewpoint” on the matter.

The Kurdish leader also urged all sides not to associate their rights and entitlements with any “political interests,” the statement added.

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Per the current Kurdish election law, five seats of the 111-member chamber are allocated to Chaldean and Assyrians as well as another one for an Armenian member of parliament.

Representatives from various Kurdistan Region components on Saturday gathered in Erbil in a bid to unify their voices against the legal challenges posed by numerous forces to the quota seats.

The PUK has also objected to the single-member district electoral system, arguing the current form has given electoral advantage to its rival, KDP, which has refused the allegations and expressed willingness to work out new legislation, so the long-delayed election is no longer delayed.

The Federal Supreme Court (FSC) adjourned its sessions several times ruling on complaints filed by PUK members over the seats of components.