The Iraqi Prime Minister refused Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani Resignations submitted by 3 ministers in protest against the dismissal of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Muhammad Al-Halbousi From his position by judicial decision last week.
The Federal Supreme Court, the highest judicial body in… IraqAl-Halbousi was dismissed from his position after a complaint filed by a representative on charges of “forging” a document.
In response, the Taqaddam Party, led by Al-Halbousi, announced the resignation of its three ministers in the government, who hold the portfolios of culture, planning and industry.
Government spokesman Bassem Al-Awadi said in a statement, “Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani rejected the resignations submitted by the Minister of Planning, Muhammad Tamim, the Minister of Industry, Khaled Battal, and the Minister of Culture, Ahmed Al-Badrani, and accordingly they will resume their executive work.”
The statement explains that this refusal comes from the government’s desire to ensure political representation for all people, regardless of their components and political forces, and in line with the government’s desire to support and continue political stability.
The political process in Iraq is subject to the sharing of power between different sects, and it has become a prevailing custom that the position of the President of the Republic traditionally goes to the Kurds, and the position of Prime Minister to the Shiites, while the Sunni community is represented by the Speaker of Parliament.
The process of nominating officials to senior positions is an arduous issue that lasts for months, and is often complicated by lengthy negotiations and political deals that pass through many obstacles.
The parliament, which includes 329 representatives, is dominated by a coalition of Shiite parties close to Iran, which nominated the current prime minister.
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Al-Halbousi rejected the ruling issued on November 14 to remove him from his position and drop his membership in Parliament, and pledged to take the necessary steps to “preserve constitutional rights.”
During a speech in the House of Representatives, Al-Halbousi described the court’s decision as “strange,” and accused parties he did not name of seeking to “split social components.”
The Supreme Court issued its ruling after a complaint filed by one of the representatives, who originally belonged to the “Taqaddum” party led by Al-Halbousi, in which the party’s leader was accused of “forgery.”
The court also took a similar decision against MP Laith Mustafa Hammoud Al-Dulaimi, who filed a lawsuit against Al-Halbousi, according to a court statement.
For the first time, Al-Halbousi assumed the presidency of Parliament in 2018, and he was serving his second term when the Federal Court’s decision was issued.
The First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives is scheduled to take over the administration of the Legislative Council until a new president is elected, nominated by one of the Sunni blocs in the Council.