Government-formation in Iraq formally begins

The constitutional process for forming a government in Iraq has now formally begun–more than eight months after the elections.

Incumbent PM Nouri Maliki has been invited by President* Jalal Talabani to form a government. He now has a 30-day period in which to present a cabinet to parliament.

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* Or, more accurately, chairman of the three-person Presidency council. {See comments}

3 thoughts on “Government-formation in Iraq formally begins

  1. I tought the “the three-person Presidency council” was a temporary instution for one legislative term, and Talabani is president-without-footnote now?

  2. I have not seen any indication that the Presidential Council has ceased to exist. It was created by a Transitional Act incorporated into the constitution of 2005 (specifically, Article 135). This Act, which redefined the presidency as a three-person body, does not appear to indicate a date for its expiration. So I assume it is still in effect, unless the constitution was amended in the last five years.

    I hope someone reading this can clarify. I have seen no reference to any amendments (which is not the same as saying such amendments have not happened).

    I would add that the media have never been very clear on this, as most references over the past five years have referred to Talabani as if he were the sole president, rather than the chairman of the Council.

  3. Reidar Visser to the rescue:

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was the main victor in the 10 November political agreement that would be first to publicly point out the deeper significance of parliament’s vote on Jalal Talabani on 11 November: The powerful presidency council is now dead.

    Of course, everyone who has read the Iraqi constitution will have been aware of this for many months or maybe even years. The tripartite presidency with veto powers was a one-off transitional arrangements stipulated to last for the first parliamentary cycle from 2005 to 2010 only, to be superseded by the more ceremonial “ordinary” presidency, without veto power.

    The entry quoted was posted on 28 November.

    Apparently it is not true that anyone reading the constitution would be aware of this, as I read it–including upon seeing Bancki’s comment above–and did not find the reference to the council’s sunsetting. Probably an issue of the translation that I have.

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