Mar 23 2011
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Iraq president still has no vices
The Iraqi parliament postponed last month voting for the deputies of the president of the Republic because of the dispute over Khudair al-Khuzaie who was nominated for the post by Maliki's coalition.
Furat al-Sahrei, a member of the NC told AKnews that the political situation experienced by the country including the demonstrations and the pursuit of resolving the issue of security ministries led to the delay in voting for the Vice-President of the Republic.
"The political blocs agreed on resolving the issue of security portfolios during next week followed by the issue of deputies of the president.
"The political blocs agreed on the nomination of Adel Abdul Mahdi and Tariq al-Hashemi for the position, while the nomination of Khudair al-Khuzaie as a third deputy is not resolved yet within the components of the NC."
The issue of naming the deputies of the president caused great debate between the political components most notably the Turkomans who demanded of having the post of fourth deputy for Talabani as a national and electoral entitlement and this was rejected by the majority of the parliament.
The Kurdistan Blocs Coalition (KBC), that the President Jalal Talabani belongs to, believes that the presence of three deputies for the president was exaggerated because the latter doesn't have wide powers that allow him to distribute them among his deputies.
While the Iraqiya List led by Ayad Allawi considers that the presence of three deputies for the Republic would disrupt the work of the Presidency Council denying its relation in the delay for voting for the deputies of the president.
The spokesman of the ministry Shaker Kattab told AKnews that the Iraqiya list doesn't have any objection on the nomination of the candidate for the State of Law Coalition (SLC) Khudair al-Khuzaie for the post and it will vote for him if his nomination was approved."
The Iraqi parliament voted at its 20th session on the law of a deputy or more for the President and approved on the three deputies. The law states on that the president chooses one or more deputies when he assumes his constitutional duties and submit the nomination to the parliament for approval.
According to the provisions of Article 68 of the Constitution, the Vice-President of the Republic should have a university degree or what is equivalent to it.
The draft law of one or more vice-president states on that the deputy exercises the powers conferred to him by the President who will be replaced by his deputy in his absence and he also replaces him if the post was vacant for any reason.
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