Parliamentary legal committee member Salim Hamza said on
Wednesday that the parliament's leadership is determined to take a number of punitive
measures against MPs who have been absent from previous meetings.
Some MPs have been absent from the sessions in order not to swear in for their posts because they hope to get ministerial and governmental posts, Hamza said.
The parliament is legally entitled to replace MPs who did not swear in for the post, Hamza said, asserting that political agreements have protected them.
Hamza said in a statement that the parliament's leadership will take a series of punitive measures against the absent MPs, most notably cutting the salary by as much as 500,000 Iraqi dinars for each session missed. He added that if the parliament found that an MP has been absent for 60 days, his membership will be withdrawn.
Hamza added that the lack of taking the constitutional oath by a number of deputies has occurred because they are waiting to assume ministerial positions in the current government, indicating that the parliament's leadership is able to replace the non-performing deputies.