Iraqi Parliamentary Institution: Power Sharing in Iraq Parliament

Abstract

Until now the adoption of consensual democracy otherwise known as power sharing by the Iraqis is still debateable. While many believe that consensual democracy is suitable for the Iraq system of government others believe that consensual democracy is a complete failure which has negatively affected the functional roles of the Iraq parliament. This study therefore, examines the historical challenge affecting the Iraqi parliament with particular focus on the power sharing otherwise known as consensual democracy. Due to this, a qualitative data was generated from eight respondents comprising of 2 diplomats, 4 parliament members; 2 staff from political science department in University of Baghdad, Iraq. Over, the finding revealed that consensual democracy is not suitable for Iraq as a system of government. The finding also revealed that the consensual democracy negatively affects the legislative and oversight role of Iraqi parliament and it is responsible for the complete failure of the Iraqi democracy.Discussion on the findings is highlighted with the implication and limitation of the study is equally provided. Until now the adoption of consensual democracy otherwise known as power sharing by the Iraqis is still debateable. While many believe that consensual democracy is suitable for the Iraq system of government others believe that consensual democracy is a complete failure which has negatively affected the functional roles of the Iraq parliament. This study therefore, examines the effect of power sharing on the Iraqi parliamentary institution after Saddam’s regime. It undertakes an in-depth study of face-to-face interview to examine how power sharing affects the Iraqi parliamentary institution.