ANKARA, March 13 (Reuters) - Turkey’s parliament on Tuesday passed a law revamping electoral regulations, legislation that the opposition had previously said could open the door to fraud and jeopardise the fairness of 2019 elections.
The legislation formally allows the creation of electoral alliances, paving the way for a tie-up between President Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK Party and the nationalist opposition.
CAIRO, March 7, 2018 - A parliamentary panel on Wednesday has slammed a request by some British members of parliament (MPs), who have asked the Cairo government to allow them to visit jailed president Mohamed Morsi on the pretext that they wanted to enquire about his health condition.
The Foreign Relations Committee of the House of Deputies has dismissed the request, which was published by the London-based The Guardian newspaper on Tuesday, as a flagrant and unacceptable interference in Egypt's domestic affairs.
The British parliamentarians wrote in their petition that they wanted to visit Morsi to ensure that he was also enjoying his human rights and receiving proper medical care in prison.
The Committee members said in a statement that the request contradicted with the MPs position in which they defended Morsi's human rights in Egypt while they did not defend human rights in other countries including Britain, where they are being violated each day.
The members went on to say that while those MPs are keen to defend Morsi's human rights, they have never raised a finger of objection against human rights violations in their own country.
As an Egyptian citizen, Morsi has been imprisoned after receiving a set of fair trials for the crimes he has been found guilty of committing against his own country and people, the statement said.
It added that the Egyptian parliament, at the same time, is quite keen that all inmates, who are serving a prison term including Morsi himself, are receiving the proper medical treatment whenever they fell sick.
In the meantime, the statement said, that Committee members are concerned that some British MPs and public figures have suspicious relationship with the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group and are keen on supporting it.
Such relationship, it warned, would have negative effects on the Egyptian-British parliamentary ties and would help spread terrorism worldwide.
Egypt, which is fighting terrorism on behalf of the whole world, repeats its call on all the civilized countries to help it combat and uproot this ugly phenomenon from its soil, the statement concluded.
BAGHDAD, March 3, 2018 (Reuters) - Iraq’s parliament approved on Saturday a long-delayed 104 trillion Iraqi dinar ($88 billion) 2018 state budget, two lawmakers told Reuters, though lawmakers from the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region boycotted the session.
“We boycotted the vote and there are proposals for Kurdistan to withdraw from the entire political process in Iraq over the unfair treatment we have received,” said Kurdish lawmaker Ashwaq Jaff.
Iraq’s parliament demanded on Thursday that the government set a timeline for the withdrawal of foreign troops stationed in the country to help fight Islamic State (IS) insurgents, a ruling coalition lawmaker said.
A US-led coalition was formed in 2014 and with thousands of troops and air support helped Iraqi security forces and a Kurdish-led Syrian militia roll back IS across large swathes of Iraq and Syria and destroy the cross-border caliphate set up by the insurgents. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over IS in December.
IS has since reverted to a guerrilla-style insurgency and continues to carry out attacks on selected targets.
The Iraqi parliament’s demand underscores the balancing act Abadi must conduct between the United States and Iran, his two biggest military allies who are themselves arch-adversaries.
There are no Iranian regular forces in Iraq but there are Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia allied with Abadi’s government.
“Parliament voted for a decision to thank friendly nations for their support in defeating Islamic State and at the same time to demand the government set a timeline for the withdrawal of foreign troops,” lawmaker Husham al-Suhail told Reuters.
“It is up to the government to decide how long we need them here - one year, two years, it’s up to them.”
Thursday’s vote, backed by all but a handful of the 177 lawmakers present, was sponsored by lawmakers from the ruling Shi’ite Muslim bloc in parliament.
“The timing of the vote, right before the election, is a message from pro-Iran parties that they do not want American troops in Iraq forever,” said political analyst Ahmed Younis.
“They are achieving two things - pressure on Abadi’s government to expel foreign troops, as well as scoring political points before the election.”
Abadi is seeking a second term in parliamentary elections scheduled for May.