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Iraqi Parliament Prepares Battery Of New Legislation

Amid ongoing controversy, the Iraqi parliament is preparing to pass three different laws dealing with criminalizing the Baath Party and regulations for the court and political parties.
Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (L) attends the International Islamic Conference for the Convergence and Dialogue in Baghdad April 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION) - RTXZ1ML

Party leaders in the Iraqi parliament succeeded on July 3 in completing an important agreement on enacting three laws: A law criminalizing the Baath Party, the (Iraqi) Federal Supreme Court Act and the (Political) Parties Law. Mohammed al-Khalidi, a Sunni MP and parliament rapporteur, said in a press conference attended by Al-Monitor that Osama al-Nujaifi, speaker of the Council of Representatives, met with the heads of political blocs and parliamentary committees, and that it was agreed to vote on controversial and deactivated laws in the Council of Representatives in mid-July.

This Council of Representatives declaration is considered an important event for Iraqi politics, due to the delay in enacting legislation — such as the Parties Law and the Federal Court Act — since 2003.

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