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Fears of ‘Constitutional Vacuum’ in Iraq

Fears of ‘Constitutional Vacuum’ in Iraq

Wednesday, 20 June, 2018 - 07:45
Children play in a park in Baghdad on Monday following Eid al-Fitr’s holiday. (AP)

As the countdown starts to the end of Iraq's parliament term on June 30, fears that the country might enter into a state of constitutional vacuum arise, leading to chaos and opening the door to various possibilities.

In the meantime, various political parties rush towards the formation of the "largest bloc,” to stay in power for the next four years.

Iraq’s President’s Advisor Amir Kanani suggested that "violation of the constitution will take place instead of a constitutional vacuum as rumored.”

He told Asharq Al-Awsat that the constitution refers to the existence of the authorities and the organization of its functions and powers.

“The absence of one of the authorities is a violation of this constitution, “including the disruption of the work of parliament or the termination of its work ahead of schedule, contrary to the constitutional mechanisms.”

Notably, since the end of parliamentary elections in May, the political movement in the country has dominated efforts to form the largest parliamentary bloc.

Iraqis, meanwhile, are waiting, but without enthusiasm, for the results of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's call for what he called a "comprehensive and responsible dialogue" following Eid al-Fitr’s holiday.

Head of State of Law Coalition Nouri al-Maliki joined Tuesday those seeking to form the "largest bloc" through what he called a comprehensive alliance of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds to form a government with a majority.

Maliki said in a statement, which was published by his office, that he fears Iraq would enter in a constitutional vacuum after June 30.

However, he said that “State of Law Coalition is working to form a comprehensive alliance of Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds to form Majority.”

“Those who believe in majority will be considered partners, and those who do not believe in majority can join the opposition in accordance with the mechanisms of democracy,” Maliki pointed out.

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