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.