3-5-13 SWFloridaGuy: Parliament once again postponed the vote for lack of quorum. Most likely because there are still some ongoing meetings and negotiations.
Attendance is a huge problem in parliament, which is why they instituted a penalty system.
The parliamentary bylaws say that the parliamentary presidency can issue a written warning to deputies that are absent 5 times in a row or 10 times during the course of the legislative year.
But with such an important items being addressed (Budget, Article 140, HCL etc.), most likely the lack of quorum is a result of ongoing meetings and negotiations.
Members don't bother to show because they know they have yet to reach an agreement and there will not be a vote.
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This cannot continue indefinitely though and I don't see it dragging on much longer. I believe that eventually international pressure and support will lead to a breakthrough with the budget/Article 140/HCL and help to overcome the remaining obstacles between the Federal government and the Kurdistan region.
They must resolve these disputes in order to encourage foreign investors/corporations who also fund Iraq's growth. The elections are also coming up and progress must be made by parties who will be looking to garner support in the near future. Below is an article discussing some of these issues.
Party Talabani and Barzani discuss a number of issues, including the visit of the head of the provincial government to Baghdad.
The meeting discussed visit President of Kurdistan Region and the delegation accompanying him to the Federal Republic of Russia and his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to strengthen bilateral relations to serve the interests of both sides, in addition to research work the major companies operating in the oil and gas, such as "Kazibrom" that have contracts in a number of sectors Kurdistan Region, so as to develop relations in this area."
"The two offices politicians in search of problems and obstacles between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government, such as: the need to apply Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution and the problem of forming operations command of the Tigris and the problem with the budget of the Peshmerga forces and the law of oil and gas. Of the priorities of this visit is to save the process political deadlock and determine the mechanism of the implementation of Article 140 and determine the time to achieve their demands." LINK