November 14, 2009 - 04:04:28
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: The Iraqi Presidential Board (PB) is given 10 days to approve or veto a law under the country’s constitution, a legal expert said on Saturday in reference to the controversial elections law.
“The Iraqi constitution gives the PB 10 days to endorse laws. If rejected, the law is returned to the Parliament and should win a majority vote…,” Tareq Harb told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
Earlier today, a source close to the Iraqi president, Jalal al-Talabni, said that he, along with his deputy Adel Abdulmahdi, had approved the elections law.
Meanwhile, the Sunni vice president, Tareq al-Hashemi, had refused to approve the law, which he said should be subject to further study.
On November 8, the Iraqi Parliament endorsed the elections law with a majority of 141 votes out of a total number of 195 lawmakers present.
Several political blocs have called on the PB to veto the law and return it to the Parliament, while others pressed for holding the elections on time.