Gorran official: Ruling system does not allow for limiting PM mandate

ERBIL, July 13 (AKnews)- The Gorran (Change) Movement is yet to announce its position over the proposed bill for limiting the mandates of the three presidencies but the ruling system in Iraq does not allow for limiting the prime minister mandate, a Gorran spokesperson said.

Yesterday Ahrar Bloc of the Sadr Current submitted a bill signed by 100 MPs which proposed limiting the mandates of the Iraqi president, PM and speaker of the House of Representatives to two terms only.

Mohammed Tofiq said the call for limiting the mandate of the three presidencies does not apply to Iraq "because the system is parliamentary… where only the mandate of the President of the Republic could be limited."

He added Gorran is yet to decide on the proposed bill.

The Sadr Current and Iraqiya List support the bill while Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law Coalition (SLC) deems the bill targets PM after efforts to withdraw confidence from him "failed."

The bill was proposed only 10 days after Sadr Current Leader Muqtada al-Sadr called on MPs to vote on a bill to limit the mandates of the three presidencies in order to avoid "dictatorship."

Article 72 of the Iraqi constitution limits the mandate of the president to four years and he/she can be re-elected for a second term only.