Overlapping Powers Causing Problems in Baghdad
|November 23, 2011||Filled under Iraq Daily News|
Baghdad, (AKnews) – Life will be made difficult for all if politicians do not adhere to the Constitution regarding the separation of the executive, legislative and judiciary warned Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s adviser for Legal Affairs.
According to Council of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry is weak when dealing with neighboring countries like Kuwait, Iran and Turkey. The committee added the ministry failed to represent the views of the Council.
However Mohammed Fadhil Jawad told AKnews that the Foreign Ministry has behaved responsibly according to the law. It follows the orders of the executive in managing external relations. The Council of Representatives has a supervising legislative role.
He added: “The Council holds the executive branch to account, the formation of committees is the work of the executive branch and not the legislative.”
Despite the separation of the legislative and the executive, the Speaker of the Council of Representatives Osama al-Nujaifi recently began preparation for a summit with Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia in Baghdad to discuss outstanding issues between these countries.
The Iraqi Council of Representatives formed several commissions to investigate the issues of Turkish and Iranian shelling on the borders of Kurdistan region and security breaches witnessed by many Iraqi governorates.
The executive asserted that it has responsibility for the security portfolio and is investigating the border incidents.
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