Postponement of hearing on PM Masrour Barzani's lawsuit

Originally scheduled for Sunday, May 19, the first hearing has been rescheduled to Tuesday, May 21.
KRG PM Masrour Barzani. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
KRG PM Masrour Barzani. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) - The Iraqi Federal Supreme Court has delayed its hearing on the lawsuit filed by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani of the Kurdistan Region.

Originally scheduled for Sunday, May 19, the first hearing has been rescheduled to Tuesday, May 21.

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According to Ayad Kakeyi, the Prime Minister's lawyer, the postponement was due to two judges of the Federal Court being on leave.

Details of the Prime Minister's Complaint

On Sunday, May 6, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani lodged a lawsuit against the head of the Iraqi Independent High Election Commission (IHEC) in the Federal Court, represented by Ayad Kakeyi.

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The lawsuit focuses on two key points: the allocation of 100 parliamentary seats in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the elimination of 11 seats representing various communities in the KRG parliament.

Prime Minister Barzani contends that the seat allocations as well as annullment of the quota seats are unconstitutional.

Background on the Federal Court's Response

The Iraqi Federal Supreme Court has issued a ruling in favor of Kurdistan Region's Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, directing a temporary suspension of the provision governing seat distribution within the KRG.

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Responding to a complaint filed by Prime Minister Barzani, the Iraqi Federal Supreme Court issued a decree on Tuesday, ordering the temporary suspension of the second paragraph of Article 2 of the registration and approval of the candidate list for the 2024 Kurdistan Regional Parliamentary Elections, No. 7.

This provision outlines the distribution of seats in the Kurdistan Regional Parliament, with Erbil allocated 34 seats, Sulaimani 38 seats, Duhok 25 seats, and Halabja 3 seats.