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 Kurdistan parliament: PUK parliament's members leave session during oil law debate

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Kurdistan parliament: PUK parliament's members leave session during oil law debate  24.7.2007 


July 24, 2007

Erbil-Hewler, Kurdistan region (Iraq), -- The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) bloc in Kurdistan parliament walked out of the session hall in Erbil while discussing the draft oil and gas law, the matter that led to the adjournment of the session, a member of the parliament in Iraq's Kurdistan region said on Tuesday.

"The PUK demanded at the beginning of the session to postpone discussing the draft oil and gas law in Kurdistan because it is an important law and should not be approved during an extraordinary session and during the parliament's recess, but the request was rejected and the PUK members left the session," Arez Abdullah said.

The parliament of Kurdistan consists of two main blocs: the green bloc of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, headed by President Jalal Talabani and the yellow bloc of the Kurdistan Democratic Party headed by Iraq's Kurdistan President Massoud Barazani, in addition to other parties.

"The PUK members left the session because they believed that the law is very important as it tackles extracting, refining and selling oil and gas and discussing such a law needs time," the lawmaker added, noting that the bloc demanded the postponement of the discussion but the parliament chairmanship rejected the request.

"Other members of the parliament left the session also leading to the adjournment of the session," he added.
Kurdistan's parliament has 111 members.

The parliament called its members yesterday to attend the extraordinary session to discuss the draft oil and gas law in Kurdistan, despite the parliament's vacation which started on July 1 and continue till early September.

The draft oil and gas law for the management of oil resources is considered one of the most controversial issues in Iraq, and there are differences among political blocs on the law regarding the equitable distribution of revenue.

Most of Iraq's known oil reserves are located in the Shiite-dominated south and Kurdistan region in the north.

Iraq sits on the world's third-largest oil reserves and officials have sought, since last year, to finalize the draft law.
Recent disputes have arisen after Iraq’s oil ministry warned regions in late April against signing contracts until the law was passed.

The Kurdistan regional government has signed several agreements with foreign companies.

VOI  

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