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Iraqi Chief Justice invites UNAMI to play a role in resolving the obstacles to holding the parliamentary elections in the KRI

2024-04-07 21:10:42

The head of Iraq's Federal Supreme Court, Jassim Mohammed Aboud, on Sunday called on the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) to play a role in resolving the obstacles to holding the parliamentary elections in the Kurdistan Region, which he described as a "federal region" citing article 117 of the Iraqi constitution. 

A statement from the council's media office said that "the Chief Justice, Judge Jassim Mohammed Aboud, received today the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, and her accompanying delegation at the headquarters of the council in Baghdad."

During the meeting, the role of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) from 2003 until the present was discussed, and the issue of the decision issued by the Federal Supreme Court regarding the localization of the salaries of retirees, employees, and beneficiaries of the social protection network was discussed based on a lawsuit filed by employees in the region and the impact of that. The decision to distribute salaries to the segments mentioned above during this week in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, as the reason for this is the presence of problems between the federal government and the regional government regarding the implementation of the budget law, and the court stated in its decision that this should not be a reason for depriving employees and retirees in the region of their monthly salaries and must to be treated the same as other employees in all governorates in order to achieve the principle of equality.

The President of the Federal Supreme Court explained that the Constitution of the Republic of Iraq, in accordance with Article (117), recognized the Iraqi Kurdistan region and its existing authorities as a federal region, and the authorities of the region, in accordance with Article (121/First) of this Constitution, have the right to exercise legislative, executive, and judicial powers in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution, with the exception of what is stated therein. It is the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal authorities.

He pointed out that the Federal Supreme Court does not consider cases on its own, but rather based on lawsuits brought before it by plaintiffs, and that the court must resolve those lawsuits in accordance with the Constitution and the law. He pointed out that the United Nations Mission in Iraq must have a role in resolving obstacles facing holding elections for the parliament of the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

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