Chaos in Iraqi parliament attempt to impose dictatorship: political analyst

Al-Sa’edi concluded, "What happened is a delay in democratic thought in Iraq, especially in Parliament, which is linked to Iraqi sovereignty. This is an attempt to impose dictatorship, and it will not be resolved in a short time."
Iraqi lawmakers attend a parliament session in Baghdad, Iraq. (Photo: AP)
Iraqi lawmakers attend a parliament session in Baghdad, Iraq. (Photo: AP)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) - Political analyst Muhammad Hassan al-Sa’edi confirmed that Sunni parties with two candidates for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives "created chaos and disagreements at the Iraqi Parliament meeting."

He noted that the disruptions were intentional to prevent the election of a new Speaker of Parliament.

During an interview on Kurdistan 24, al-Sa’edi stated, "The game was aimed at postponing the election of the speaker of parliament from the Progress Party, as they want to deepen the crisis."

He explained that the postponement "contraries the constitution and the law, and the president’s election session should have remained open."

Al-Sa’edi pointed out that several parties, particularly within the Presidency of the Council of Representatives, are preventing the election of a new president of the Iraqi parliament.

He also noted that some Shiite and Sunni blocs participated in the disruptions inside Parliament, impeding the election process.

"There are attempts to maintain and deepen the crisis. They want to keep Salem Matar al-Issawi out of the election while aiming to elect Al-Mashhadani. This chaos is to prevent al-Issawi from becoming the Speaker of the Parliament," al-Sa’edi said.

He emphasized that more than 100 members of parliament had requested that the session remain open for the election, calling the procedure illegal.

He continued, "Salem Matar al-Issawi is a fierce competitor to Mohammed al-Halbousi, who wants to remain the Sunni leader in Anbar, so he will not vote for anyone from outside the governorate."

Al-Sa’edi concluded, "What happened is a delay in democratic thought in Iraq, especially in Parliament, which is linked to Iraqi sovereignty. This is an attempt to impose dictatorship, and it will not be resolved in a short time."

On Saturday, the Iraqi Council of Representatives failed to elect a new president in the second round, which witnessed intense competition between representatives Salem Matar al-Issawi and Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, necessitating a decisive third round.

According to the Media Department of the House of Representatives, Representative Salem Al-Issawi received 158 votes, Mahmoud Al-Mashhadani received 137 votes, Representative Amir Abdul Jabbar received only 3 votes, and 13 votes were invalid.

Tensions and fistfights erupted within the Iraqi Parliament due to disagreements among political blocs over the election, forcing Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mohsen Al-Mandalawi to adjourn the session.

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