The Iraqi parliament took back control over the parliamentary Commission of Integrity from the Council of Ministers on Saturday.
The majority of the members of parliament voted for the new committee law, despite strong opposition form the State of Law Coalition of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
“The parliament can now assign the new head of the Integritee Committee,” said MP Muhammed al-Khalidi, according to AKnews.
Until now, the Council of Ministers had the authority to assign the head of the committee. Under the new law, the legislative branch receives an important tool to fulfill its main duty, the control over the government, the executive branch.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has yet to approve the law.
The Ingetrity Committee needs a new chairman after Judge Rahim al-Ugaili [Rahim Hassan al-Uqailee, Rahim al-Akili; al-Ugeily] resigned last month. Ugaili complained he was lacking political support for his work. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had criticized the Integrity Committee, saying it failed to fight corruption in public institutions.
Former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi’s Al-Iraqiya List voiced support for Ugaili to be re-elected as chairman.
The new law also the establishes three new directorates which are: Extradition office, Studies and Researches office, and the Iraqi Anti-Corruption Academy. The Law established a second deputy position for CoI Commissioner, holding a bachelor degree in education or media, who will be in charge of Education and PR office and relations with NGOs office as well as awarding the employees of CoI additional allocations.
(Sources: AKnews, Commission of Integrity)