Relations and Kurdish Diaspora Committee condemns attack against Kurdistani tourists in Turkish city of Trabzon
We the Kurdistan Parliament’s Committee for Relations and the Kurdish Diaspora condemn the racist attack by people in the town of Trabzon against tourists from Kurdistan. We call on the authorities who detained the tourists to release them immediately.
Parliament Speaker Dr. Rewas Faiq meets US Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller
Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament Dr. Rewas Faiq on 17th July discussed with the US Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller developing bilateral relations between the US and Kurdistan Region. Ambassador Tueller said, “The United States has strong relations with the Kurdistan Region and we thank Kurdistan for embracing Iraqi IDPs and Syrian refugees.”
Kurdistan Parliament Speaker Dr. Rewas Faiq meets World Health Organization officials
Kurdistan Parliament Speaker Dr. Rewas Faiq on 17th July met senior World Health Organization officials. Dr. Faiq informed them of parliament's efforts to draft bills to improve Kurdistan's health services, and she asked the WHO representatives to support the work of parliament's health committee.
Kurdistan Parliament Presidency condemns shooting of Turkish diplomat in Erbil
The Presidency of the Kurdistan Parliament condemns the shooting at a restaurant in Erbil that killed a Turkish diplomat and a citizen of Kurdistan Region, and injured another person today 17th July, and calls for the arrest of the perpetrators. The statement follows.
Kurdistan Parliament Speaker Dr. Rewas Faiq meets Italy’s Ambassador and Consul General
Kurdistan Parliament Speaker Dr. Rewas Faiq on 16th July met Italy’s Ambassador to Iraq Bruno Pasquino and Ms. Serena Muroni, the Consul General to Kurdistan Region. Parliament Secretary Ms. Muna Kahveci also participated in the meeting.
Parliament Secretary Muna Kahveci meets peace charity organization
The Kurdistan Parliament Secretary Muna Kahveci on July 16 discussed with a delegation from the Peace Charity Organization the importance of peaceful coexistence in the Kurdistan Region. Both sides agreed that Kurdistan is secure and is a model for coexistence in Iraq and in the region.
Dr. Rewas Faiq's speech on her election as Speaker of Kurdistan Parliament
"I have taken on a great new responsibility. I would like to thank you, all the parliamentary blocks and the people of Kurdistan for the trust that you have placed in me. Let me assure you that, together with my colleagues on Parliament’s Presidency board, we will make every effort to support peaceful coexistence and to work in the spirit of partnership to overcome the political, economic and financial crises that the Kurdistan Region faced over the past years and that caused tensions between political blocs and parties."
Parliament Secretary Muna Kahveci attends opening of 2019 Rwanga FORAS job fair
Secretary of the Kurdistan Parliament Muna Kahveci on 15th July attended the opening of Rwanga FORAS annual job fair. Secretary Kahveci as well as several MPs participated in the launch of this year’s job fair, which was opened by His Excellency Nechirvan Barzani, President of Kurdistan Region.
President Nechirvan Barzani congratulates new Speaker of Parliament Dr. Rewas Faiq
"I hope that through your parliamentary experience and cooperation with all the parliamentary blocs that greater service will be given to the Kurdistan Region now and in the future."
Prime Minister Masrour Barzani congratulates Dr. Rewas Faiq on election as Parliament Speaker
On the occasion of your election as Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament, I extend my warm congratulations to you and wish you success in this national duty, and hope that the relations between the legislative and executive authorities will be strong to act together, to provide the best service to the citizens of Kurdistan, and to develop the democratic process in the region.
The Kurdistan Parliament has 111 members elected by popular vote every four years. Sixteen parties and lists are in the current parliament term that began in November 2018. Of these, eight are parties or lists that represent Turkmen, Christian and Armenian communities in Kurdistan Region. Of the 111 seats, 11 are reserved for these communities. By law, women must hold at least 30% of seats.
History of the Parliament
The Kurdistan National Assembly (later renamed parliament) was established in 1992, in the first free and fair elections ever held in the Kurdistan Region or in any part of Iraq. The election was held just a year after the Kurdish Uprising of March 1991, when the people rose up against the Ba'ath regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in the aftermath of the liberation of Kuwait.
The Kurdistan Parliament has 15 standing committees that work on a wide range of subject areas. Much of parliament’s work takes place in these committees. Their mandate is to study bills (draft laws), propose bills and give opinions, study suggested amendments, and to submit them to Parliament’s leadership.