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Hayder is a Researcher at the Centre for Academic Shi’a Studies. He is also a postgraduate student at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS. You can follow him on Twitter @Hayder_alKhoei

Where is the outrage?

Yesterday, a baffled Iraqi parliament completely ignored the very laws it legislates by voting in six MPs to replace ministers who have moved up the food chain.

An Iraqi MP with only 3 votes (himself, his wife, and maybe one of his brothers) now represents 100,000 citizens. But I suppose that’s okay, because the Supreme Court decided to ignore actual votes when it comes to replacement MPs and our great leaders decided to stick to the closed-list system in the name of muhasasa and power sharing. It’s stupid, but not illegal. However, the MP was running for office in Duhuk but now replaces a Minister who was an MP in Baghdad. That is both stupid and illegal.

In Britain, citizens are worried about the police threatening to break the law by going on strike to protest salary cuts. Meanwhile in Iraq, our MPs, law legislators not enforcers, casually ignore the constitution, and their own laws, whilst the issue is whitewashed by the media. Being British Iraqi is depressing.

5 Comments on “Where is the outrage?”

  1. placebo12 March 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    Well done for mentioning this Hayder. This forum has too often fallen foul of the London Iraqi mentality, scared to challenge the many blatant illegalities that the politicians are carrying out in Iraq in the name of our so-called “democracy”. Perhaps the other contributors can make more of an effort in publicising this issue, we simply cannot carry on turning a blind eye to it.

  2. Hayder al-Khoei March 10, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    Thank you, but I think your criticism is unjustified on this blog, there have been plenty of posts on this forum before which deal with the (many) problems in Iraq.

  3. Ahmed Al-Shammari March 11, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    What is the name of the Iraqi MP with 3 votes? We need as Iraqis to know the names of these so called ‘representatives’ of the Iraqi people. Next they will be replacing MP’s with people who are not even on any ballot, that is all that is left

  4. placebo12 March 14, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Sorry Hayder, but I must disagree. I am referring to the political side of the many problems currently afflicting Iraq. With the exception of your own blog posts, other contributors on this forum have actually focussed more on the political reformations that are ongoing in other Arab countries than on the very many issues we should be raising about our own government. This is an attitude that I find to be inherent in the Iraqi community in London and it needs to change.

  5. hussein June 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    good hayder . u are talking a truly speech about mps . continue

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