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New Generation MP Faruq prevented from entering Kurdistan Parliament building

Head of the New Generation Movement caucus in the Kurdistan Parliament Kazim Faruq speaks for reporters outside the parliament building on April 14, 2021 (NRT Digital Media/Screenshot)
2021-04-14

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SULAIMANI — Head of the New Generation Movement caucus in the Kurdistan Parliament Kazim Faruq was again prevented from entering the grounds of the Kurdistan Parliament ahead of a session on Wednesday (April 14).

During a press conference, Faruq said that the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) were behind the decision.

“We asked the police to show us the order, but they said it is confidential,” he said.

"The KDP and PUK should apologize to the people of the Kurdistan Region. They own August 31 and October 16 and have fought civil wars and are now preventing the head of an opposition party from entering Parliament, thus opposing the people and the people's voices,” he added, referring to the capture of Erbil by the KDP with the help of Saddam Hussein in 1996 and the capture of Kirkuk and much of the disputed areas by the Iraqi Security Forces and the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in 2017.

On March 31, Faruq threw his shoes following a disagreement over the session’s agenda, arguing that it did not reflect the priorities of the people.

Afterwards, lawmakers voted to exclude Faruq from attending any future parliamentary sessions or committee meetings until he apologizes. The motion passed with 73 MPs voting in favor.

(NRT Digital Media)