Summary of committees' recent meetings - 23 May 2019
Parliament's committees in recent meetings discussed consultations with UNAMI on legislative work; supporting Slemani's General Directorate of Culture; the threat of deliberate destruction of Kurdish farmers' production in disputed territories; improving the high school exams process; as well as other issues. Read more...
Deputy Speaker Hawrami and Canada's Ministry Official emphasise need for continued international support to prevent reemergence of ISIS
Deputy Speaker Hemin Hawrami today met Ms. Pegatha Taylor, Deputy Director of the Iraq Desk of Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Hawrami said that good governance and security measures are needed to prevent the reemergence of ISIS, and that the root causes of disenfranchisement must be addressed.
Head of Kurdistan's mine clearance agency asks for equal rights for demining personnel
Parliament's Presidency on 19th May met Mr. Siraj Barzani, the Head of the Iraqi Kurdistan Mine Action Agency. Mr. Barzani submitted a request to the Presidency to give equal rights to Kurdistan’s mine clearance personnel through legislation.
Deputy Speaker Hawrami welcomes Greece’s first Consul General to Kurdistan Region
Parliament’s Deputy Speaker Hemin Hawrami on 21st May welcomed Mr. Efthymios Costopoulos, Greece’s first ever Consul General to the Kurdistan Region. They discussed the latest political developments and the government formation process.
Deputy Speaker Hawrami meets UAE Consul General to Kurdistan Region
Parliament’s Deputy Speaker Hemin Hawrami today met Mr Ahmed Aldhaheri, the United Arab Emirates’ Consul General to the Kurdistan Region. They discussed the latest political developments and the government formation process.
Deputy Speaker Hawrami welcomes Russia’s Consul General on his first visit to Parliament
Deputy Speaker Hemin Hawrami yesterday welcomed the Russian Federation’s new Consul General, Mr. Oleg Levin. Kurdistan has a special historic friendship with Russia. They discussed strengthening ties with Russia's parliament, and Russia’s hope to increase economic, cultural and educational relations with the Kurdistan Region.
Parliament passes law to reactivate Kurdistan Region's presidency, opens applications for candidates
The Kurdistan Parliament on Wednesday 8th May passed by a large majority a law to restore the powers and functions of the President of the Kurdistan Region, and to amend the election system for the presidency until a Kurdistan Constitution is enacted in the future. On 12th May, Parliament announced that it will accept applications for candidacy, until 11am on 15th May.
Deputy Speaker Hawrami and US Consul General discuss latest developments, Parliament’s priorities
Parliament’s Deputy Speaker Hemin Hawrami on 20th May met Mr. Steven Fagin, the US Consul General to the Kurdistan Region to discuss the latest political developments and the government formation process.
Parliament announces names of candidates for Kurdistan Region President
19th May 2019 - The Presidency of the Kurdistan Parliament today announced the names of the candidates for the post of Kurdistan Region's president:
Parliament's Presidency meets Minister Falah Mustafa, KRG’s Head of Foreign Relations
Parliament's Presidency on 19th May held meetings with Minister Falah Mustafa. They discussed the importance of concrete relations between Kurdistan Region, its neighbours and other countries to serve Kurdistan’s interests. They also looked at ways to strengthen the Kurdistan Parliament's links with other parliaments.
Summary of committees' recent meetings - 20th May 2019
Minister Falah Mustafa, the Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, briefed the relations committee; and the KRG's general director for electricity distribution brief the energy committee on smart metering and the distribution schedule.
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.