BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Iraq’s Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has criticized on Thursday the process of legislating the laws by the Parliament, saying that “they had been slow and weak,” demanding putting a time ceiling for the legislation of laws.
“The Coordination Committee has discovered the government’s utmost need for the legislation of laws by the Parliament,” Maliki said in a speech on his evaluation of the 100-day period he had assigned to follow up the activity of his cabinet that ended recently.
Maliki said that “the Parliament is considered the main steering power of the government, bearing the major responsibility for the process of progress and development we all strive to activate, being the government’s partner in success or failure, as there won’t be any success for the executive power, without support of the consultative and legislative powers.”
“I reaffirm once again on this occasion that the process of legislating the laws by the Parliament had been slow and weak, thing that affects the activity of the government, the interests and rights of citizens and necessitates the renewal of my demands for the respectful Parliament to lay a time ceiling to pass laws that are still paralyzed, since the previous Parliamentary session, where one year had passed on the Parliament’s life, whilst a very limited ratification of important laws had been passed, being a basis for the activity of the government,” he said.
Maliki concluded his speech saying: “the strong interaction between the government and the Parliament can’t be ignored, in order to achieve the ambitions and hopes of our people, who have suffered a lot and necessitate us to compensate what they had suffered from loss of public services, violation of human rights, freedoms and sacred demands, during 35 years of the dark Baath era.”