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December 23, 2011

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Kurdistan parliament needs comprehensive reshuffling

ekurd.net Editor 

Albeit the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament (IKP) embodies representatives from the various parties, lists or slates, the vast majority of its members lack adequate expertise and experience, in particular in fields of Legal Affairs, Human Rights, Higher Education, Finance and Economy and Relations.

The 111-member Kurdish parliament, whose primary responsibilities encompass, 1) Examining legislations for new laws 2) Scrutinizing government policies and administration and 3) Propounding contemporary major issues, is not able to appropriately function because of growing inter-party animosities. 

In many cases, a simple boycott by opposition groups has led to complete abolition or lengthy postponement in sessions’ holdings. Absence of nonaligned and mediatory professional elements is a serious problem confronting Kurdistani parliament. 

39 seats out of the 111seats are held by Kurdish women parliamentarians. Some of them do not yet hold clear perception of local and international affairs, and most of them have hardly been able to pursue their post-graduation studies. Almost all members of Kurdistan parliament ascended to their current posts due to some type of political, tribal or family fidelity or ties. Nomination was not on the ground of one’s merits.

Severe negative political rivalry in Kurdistan has discouraged and denied many bright Kurdish women residing in Diasporas an opportunity to chip in the ongoing restructuring process. Such examples are abundant. Kurdish women lawyers, doctors, directors, human rights leaders, and educators are ample in the US, Canada, Scandinavian and European countries. 

A surge in placement of a higher number of independent candidates, especially formed from the incomparably highly-skilled technocrats’ class of society, can mend the structural flaws and enhance the functionality of Kurdish parliament. 

11 seats are also reserved for non-Kurdish minority communities. Given the legitimate demands and soaring population of minorities in Kurdistan, IKP needs to assess raising the number of seats in Kurdish parliament earmarked for minorities groups.

IKP must not develop only into a ceremonial entity. It carries responsibilities and obligations. It must reflect the voice of common people, and represent people from all walks, levels and classes of society.

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