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Kurdistan Parliament MPs and senior KRG officials discuss KRG's plan to participate in preparing Iraq's 2020 budget

Kurdistan Parliament MPs on 12 September were briefed by senior KRG officials on the KRG's plan to participate in preparing a draft of Iraq’s 2020 federal budget with Iraq's Ministry of Finance. They also discussed other critical issues for the Kurdistan Region. The meeting was chaired by Parliament Deputy Speaker Hemin Hawrami.

Kurdistan Parliament welcomes HDP delegation led by Co-Chair Sezai Temelli

The Kurdistan Parliament headed by Speaker Dr. Rewas Faiq on 8 September welcomed a delegation from Turkey’s People’s Democratic Party (HDP), led by its Co-Chair Sezai Temelli. Dr. Faiq said that the Kurdistan Parliament supports achieving the rights of Kurds in Turkey through dialogue and peaceful means.

Summary of Committees’ recent meetings – 10 September 2019

Parliament's committees in recent meetings have asked the President of Kurdistan Region to bring a case to the Federal Court against the Iraq Financial Management bill which violates Kurdistan Region's constitutional rights. They also met Interior Ministry employees who ask for their salaries to be the same as their Iraqi counterparts; met the Kurdistan Olympic Committee who asked for legislation; and decided to prepare a report about the Haj pilgrimage administrative process.

Committee on Social Affairs, Protection of Women’s Rights and Human Rights visit Slemani

The committee members in Slemani visited departments that oversee social care and combating violence against women. They met with people with disabilities, an autism centre and with prisoners to learn more about their needs and problems and how to improve social services.  

In Baghdad Kurdistan Parliament delegation met with Iraq’s Finance Minister Dr. Fuad Hussein and KRG Representative Faris Isa

A Kurdistan Parliament cross-party delegation headed by Deputy Speaker Hemin Hawrami last week separately met with Iraq’s Finance Minister Dr. Fuad Hussein and the KRG Representative in Baghdad Mr. Faris Isa. They discussed the importance of the Kurdistan Parliament having a unified position towards relations with Baghdad.  

Kurdistan Parliament delegation meet Speaker Mohammad Halbousi and first Deputy Speaker Hassan Kaabi of Iraqi Council of Representatives

A Kurdistan Parliament delegation led by Deputy Speaker Mr. Hemin Hawrami on 4 September had two separate meetings with the Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Mr. Mohammad Halbousi, and with the First Deputy Speaker Mr. Hassan Kaabi. Mr. Hawrami raised several recent Iraqi laws that negatively affect the people of Kurdistan and said they should be amended.

Kurdistan Parliament delegation in Baghdad participates in meeting of Asian Parliamentary Assembly’s Budget and Planning Committee

A Kurdistan Parliament delegation to Baghdad headed by Deputy Speaker Hemin Hawrami participated in a conference of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly’s Budget and Planning Committee on 4 September. At the conference the Kurdistan Parliament MPs said they will work to build closer relations with other nations’ parliaments.

In Baghdad Deputy Speaker Hawrami and MPs meet Iran, Jordan and Kuwait parliamentarians

During their visit to Baghdad, Kurdistan Parliament Deputy Speaker Hemin Hawrami and a cross-party group of MPs met with MPs from the parliaments of Iran, Jordan and Kuwait. It was a great opportunity for the Kurdistan Parliament to explore developing closer relations with their parliaments.

In Baghdad Deputy Speaker Hawrami and MPs meet UNSG Special Representative Ms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert

Kurdistan Parliament Deputy Speaker Hemin Hawrami and MPs on 4 September in Baghdad met with Ms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the UN Secretary General's Special Representative and Head of UNAMI. They raised concerns about items of Iraqi legislation that violate Kurdistan's constitutional rights, as well as the right of IDPs to vote. 

Committees' recent meetings – 3 September 2019

Kurdistan Parliament's committees this week decided to work on Iraq's law on narcotics and on problems faced by court petitioners; to summon the KRG Minister of Municipalities and other relevant parties to Parliament about the household water meter problems; and to try to get private institutes' and universities' student fees reduced.