The Iraqi Accord Front may attend an imminent parliamentary debate on an oil and gas draft law, eclipsing its boycott of sessions, a Front leader said here Wednesday.
But, the Front stipulated that other political partners should show more flexibility towards outstanding issues, chiefly the issue of parliament speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, MP Ezz Eddin al-Dawla, a leader of the Front, told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).
The oil and gas bill will not be passed without the Front as the issue is of paramount significance, he said.
"I see that it will be necessary for the Front to attend the debate on the law at the House of Representatives as the passage of the law without it will demonstrate that a certain step has been taken beforehand to dissuade the Front from attending the vote on the bill," he added.
He went on to say, "We do not attend parliament sessions for considerations that have nothing to do with the oil and gas draft law. If our partners really want us to return, then they should show required flexibility.
"If not, we will fathom out that they want to keep us away from the deliberation of the oil and gas bill at parliament," he noted. Iraqi political forces and blocs are split over the oil and gas bill, one of the key controversial and prickly issues on the Iraqi scene for the time being.
Members of parliament representing the Iraqi Accord Front have been reluctant to attend parliamentary sittings since the front came under pressure to let parliament speaker al-Mashhadani step aside.