Iraqi parliament says court ruling of independent bodies threats democracy

08:30, January 27, 2011      

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The Iraqi parliament warned that a court ruling of linking the central bank, election commissions and other independent bodies to the cabinet is a threat to the country 's democracy and overseas savings, an official news paper said on Wednesday.

Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi met with Faraj al-Haidari, chief of Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), and discussed the risk of the Supreme Court's decision to put those independent commissions under the supervision of the cabinet instead of the parliament, the state-run al-Sabah newspaper quoted a statement by Nujaifi's office as saying.

"Nujaifi and Faraj al-Haidari discussed the dangers of this decision, the threat it poses to the democratic regime in Iraq, its impact on the independence of the IHEC, and its serious consequences on the future of the political regime in Iraq," the statement said.

Nujaifi also met with the central bank governor Sinan al- Shebibi, who warned that Iraq may lose its assets abroad due to the court ruling, the newspaper said.

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