World Bulletin/News Desk
The Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki rejected setting a fixed term for his tenure in an interview with Al Arabiya on Saturday.
According to the report, he said “the law fixing my term as prime minister and head of parliament will not pass because it is against the constitution. Legislating laws as per the constitution come from the prime minister or president, and none have approved of such law.”
The prime minister concurred that “the law will not pass in the federal court,” Al Arabiya reported.
The Iraqi parliament voted a week ago to pass a law that seeks to prevent Maliki from seeking a third term in office.
Previous campaigns to curb some of Maliki’s increasing powers included a futile attempt to unseat him on November 2012. Kurdish parties, Iraqiya bloc and even some rivals in Maliki’s own Shiite coalition failed to pass a vote of no-confidence.
To make the draft law binding, the president and the federal court – both Maliki’s allies –have to approve it.
The draft law shows the leader is losing his grip especially after deadly protests against his administration rocked the mainly Sunni province of Anbar.Last Mod: 03 Şubat 2013, 14:10