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Parliament’s Presidency announces end of spring term of Parliament

Per Resolution number 6 of 2020, Kurdistan Parliament’s Presidency announces the end of the spring term of the second year of the fifth term of Parliament on 31 July 2020. From 1 August 2020, Parliament will be in recess.

MPs raise pressing financial, health and security issues at sitting; vote to extend spring session until 1 August

Kurdistan Parliament MPs on 29 June voted to extend by 30 days the deadline for submitting their legislative proposals, and to extend the current spring session by a month, to end on 1 August. The purpose is to compensate for the delays caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Sixty MPs voted in favour of the deadline extension, and 70 voted in favour extending the spring session.

Order of business for 29 June: Vote on extending deadline for MPs to submit legislative proposals; and extending spring session of Parliament

The Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament calls MPs to a sitting on Monday 29th June 2020 at 1pm – the 5th ordinary sitting of the spring session of the second year of the Kurdistan Parliament’s fifth term.

Parliament’s Presidency condemns Turkey’s recent military attacks inside Kurdistan

We the Kurdistan Parliament condemn Turkey’s recent military attacks on the PKK in Kurdistan, which killed several Kurdistan Region citizens living near the border areas...We believe that any war or military action makes the prospect of lasting peace more distant, and that the only way to solve Turkey’s Kurdish problem is through political dialogue.

Announcement by Parliament's Presidency on Coronavirus cases among Parliament staff

Parliament’s Presidency on 10 June decided to close Parliament for two weeks, after some Parliament employees tested positive for the Coronavirus. More...

Secretary Muna Kahveci congratulates Patriotic Union of Kurdistan on their 45th anniversary

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan has struggled valiantly in Kurdistan’s history of war for liberty. I hope that this is an opportunity to advance your work and the democratic and political process, and encourages Kurdistan Region’s political forces to be united.

Christian and Turkmen parties' MPs meet with Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani

Kurdistan Parliament MPs and government ministers from Christian and Turkmen parties on 17 May met with the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani. Everyone at the meeting stressed that ethnic and religious component's important role and place in Kurdistan's politics and administration must be protected.

Parliament’s Presidency congratulates teachers on 58th anniversary of Kurdistan Teachers Union

Kurdistan Parliament’s Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Secretary congratulated Kurdistan Teachers Union on their anniversary, and hoped for an end to the current economic challenges so that teachers' livelihoods can be improved.

Parliament votes on lifting immunity of four MPs; holds second reading on extending deadline for legislative proposals

The Kurdistan Parliament on 7 May held the second reading of a draft resolution to exceptionally extend the period that MPs can submit legislative proposals, due to the delay caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. They also voted on lifting the parliamentary immunity of four MPs who have been summoned by courts in various lawsuits.

Ministers explain strategies to mitigate impact of Coronavirus on school and university students

At the first Parliament sitting since the Coronavirus lockdown, MPs held the first reading of a draft resolution on extending the period that MPs can submit legislative proposals. The KRG Education and Higher Education ministers answered questions about how they are addressing the fallout from the pandemic on the current academic year.