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    Iraqi parliament adopts mechanism to oblige MPs to attend sessions

    Saturday, December 25th 2010 4:10 PM

    Baghdad, Dec. 25 (AKnews) - The Iraqi parliament has adopted a new set of mandatory actions to blige its members to attend meetings fully.

    Despite parliament's decision to cut 500,000 Iraqi Dinars (about US$400) from the salaries of the MPs per session not attending, they continue to do be absent.

    "some members attend the meeting at the beginning and leave later to the cafeteria" says Abbas al-Bayati, a member of the National Coalition (NC) bloc led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

    Therefore "the parliament began today to use the the electronic voting mechanism instead of raising hands" said al-Bayati, "every MPs... can vote without raising hands"

    The new mechanism will allow the presidency to find out who has not attended the parliament while the electronic voting on a bill is in underway.

    The Iraqi parliament announced earlier that it had cut some 26 million Iraqi Dinars from MPs in November and more would be deducted from them in December because more MPs had not attended the sessions.

    Reported by Yazan al-Shammari
    Sa/AKnews

    http://www.aknews.com/en/aknews/3/205409/
    Last edited by Babylon; 12-25-2010 at 02:00 PM.

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