Court scraps law barring Iraqi PM, Nouri al-Maliki, from seeking a third term
Tuesday 27 August 2013
The country’s top court has rejected a law that would have prevented the embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki from seeking a third term in office after elections next year.
The Supreme Federal Court said that it had ruled unconstitutional controversial legislation that limited the Premier, President and the Parliamentary Speaker to two terms of office.
Mr Maliki, pictured, first became Prime Minister in 2006. He secured a second term in office after nearly nine months of political wrangling after the 2010 national elections.
His political rivals accuse him of consolidating power, bringing the security forces and other state institutions under his control, and sidelining rivals. They say he has plunged the country into political infighting that has contributed declining security and some of the worst violence in years. His backers say he is a unifier who has restored a shattered Iraqi state, and that the electorate should decide whether to keep him as Prime Minister. After the law was passed in January, Mr Maliki’s allies dubbed it illegal and vowed to appeal against it.
Two politicians – Mr Maliki’s ally Ali al-Shalah and one of his opponents, Mohammed al-Khalidi – said the court issued its decision on Monday on the basis that draft laws should be proposed by the cabinet or the President, not parliament.
Threat of 'catastrophic cascade of collisions' must be averted, warn scientists
- 1 Oxford is the least affordable city in the UK, where houses cost 11 times local salaries
- 2 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 3 North Korea elections: Kim Jong-un wins 100% of the vote
- 4 David Cameron resorts to paying for Facebook fans because not enough people like him
- 5 Steve Irwin’s final words: Cameraman present at death opens up about deadly stingray attack for the first time
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: Our client is a leading digital agency bu...
£40000 - £45000 per annum: Charter Selection: Global leader in its respective ...
£130 - £161 per day: Randstad Education Nottingham: Do you have a qualificatio...
£6720 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Nottingham: The school is much la...