KRG assumes caretaker role as fifth term of Kurdistan Parliament dissolves

SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – Following the dissolution of the fifth term of the Kurdistan Parliament on Sunday, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will assume the role of a “caretaker” government. In simpler terms, the ninth cabinet will serve as a caretaker government.

The Kurdistan Region’s Parliament officially dissolved on Sunday after the Iraqi Federal Supreme Court declared the parliament’s self-extension as “unconstitutional.” This decision comes after months of uncertainty regarding the legality of the parliament’s extension on October 9, 2022.

As the fifth term of the Kurdistan Parliament concludes due to the ruling by the Iraqi Federal Court, the KRG will now act as a caretaker government.

Based on an official document from the Iraqi Federal Court, in the event of parliament dissolution, the government assumes the role of a caretaker government.

The document, signed by Judge Jassim Mohammed Aboud, the President of the Federal Supreme Court, was submitted to the Iraqi presidency on May 17, 2022, during the tenure of former President Barham Salih.

In response to a presidential letter seeking clarification on the term “caretaker” government, the Federal Court referred to Article 64 of the Iraqi constitution. It stated that the government serves as a caretaker in two scenarios: if the prime minister is removed by parliament or if parliament is dissolved.

The official document from the Iraqi Federal Court was obtained by Zoom News.
The official document from the Iraqi Federal Court obtained by Zoom News.

Now that the term of the Kurdistan Parliament has concluded, the KRG will act as a caretaker until the Kurdistan Parliamentary elections take place and a new cabinet is formed.

According to the Federal Court’s clarification, the caretaker government will continue to provide services to citizens. However, it will not have the authority to make decisions that significantly impact the country’s political, economic, and social future. Additionally, it cannot propose bills, enter into loan agreements, appoint or dismiss senior officials, or restructure ministries and departments.

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