Iraq’s prime court docket has dominated to terminate the parliament speaker
ByQASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Related Press
November 14, 2023, 8:54 AM
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s prime court docket dominated Tuesday to terminate the parliament speaker.
The Federal Supreme Court docket mentioned in a press release it determined to terminate Mohamed al-Halbousi’s membership in Parliament together with that of Laith al-Dulaimi. It didn’t give a purpose.
Halbousi has been the very best Sunni official in Iraq. Beneath the nation’s sectarian power-sharing system, the parliament speaker is at all times Sunni, the prime minister Shiite and the president Kurdish.
The court docket resolution got here in opposition to the backdrop of a dispute between Halbousi and Dulaimi, additionally Sunni. Dulaimi had filed a lawsuit in opposition to Halbousi claiming that the speaker had solid Dulaimi’s signature on a resignation letter.
Two Iraqi parliamentary officers who spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t licensed to touch upon the matter mentioned the court docket resolution can’t be appealed and the parliament might want to elect a brand new speaker.
The legislature will likely be managed by First Deputy Speaker Mohsen Al-Mandalawi, one of many officers mentioned.
Halbousi couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
Related Press author Abby Sewell in Beirut contributed to this report.