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Iraq's Parliament Speaker has right to decide holding more than one parliament session, expert says.

BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: The Iraqi Legal Expert, Tareq Harb, has stated on Tuesday that the Oldest MP and Parliament Speaker, Fuad Massoum, reserves the right of deciding more than one schedule for the parliamentary session, in the event of non-completion of the legal number of MPs in any session.

Harb's statement followed a statement by the former Chairman of the Iraqi Concord Bloc and former Parliament Speaker, Iyad al-Samarrae, saying that Maasoum had informed him by phone regarding his wish to call for the parliament's session next Tuesday.

"There is a legal condition that any parliament session is ought to witness the achievement of the constitutional majority, being 163 MPs," Harb said, adding that the Parliament Speaker, being the oldest MP, can define more than one schedule for the holding of the parliament's session, if the legal number of MPs won't attend the session, according to the decision of the Federal Court."

Sammarae had stated on Monday that "if the Parliament Speaker calls for such a session and the MPs number won't be enough, he has to call for a second, third and fourth schedule, and won't leave the issue open without an end."

Harb pointed out that the current Parliament "must reaffirm at the beginning of the session, that it is still open..And in case he won't define that it would mean that the session be still open and if he won't do that, it would mean he must call for a second session..The second session can't elect a parliament speaker and his two deputies, because their election was not elected in the first session."

The offical spokesman for the Supreme Judiciary Council, Abdul-Sattar al-Biraqdar, had stated that the "Supreme Federal Court had issued a decision forcing the Parliament Speaker and the Oldest MP, Fuad Maasoum, to resume the Parliament session to elect a Speaker and his two deputies."

The Iraqi Parliament had only held one session since the time of the nationwide elections that took place on March 7th, 2010, but one session on 14th June, 2010, that was limited on the reading of the constitutional oath, and after that it had suspended the work of the session for an unknown date, pending the agreement of the leading political blocs to distribute the leading State positions.


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Date:Oct 26, 2010
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