Al-Mandalawi Sponsors the First Tribal Forum at the Parliament Building

The Acting Speaker of the Council of Representatives, Mr. Mohsen Al-Mandalawi, sponsored the inaugural Tribal Forum today, Sunday, under the theme  “Blending National Duties: The Interplay of Parliamentary Laws and Tribal Customs.” The event, attended by numerous MPs, tribal chiefs, and dignitaries from across Iraq, began with a recitation of Al-Fatiha in memory of the tragic martyrdom of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr and his two noble sons, commemorating their resistance to oppression and tyranny.

Mr. Al-Mandalawi emphasized the critical role of the supreme religious authority in highlighting the original tribes’ contributions to preserving the value system, diversity, and peaceful coexistence of our people. He recognized the tribes as a cornerstone of Iraq during crises, expressing his hope that the outcomes of today’s forum would initiate a legislative-tribal partnership, enhancing the country’s service record and the stature and role of Iraqi tribes.

He also confirmed that the recent decision to extend the legislative session aimed at completing a series of important laws, including the Federal Budget Tables for 2024. Moreover, he noted the ongoing supervisory role in supporting the government program and intensifying efforts to ensure the timely return of our Sunni Arab brothers to the council’s presidency through continuous dialogues with all political entities.

Furthermore, he reaffirmed the Council of Representatives’ commitment to enacting a special law for Iraqi tribes to secure their stature and regulate their affairs. He urged cooperation with the government and support in strengthening the work of relevant executive agencies, including the Ministry of Interior, to uphold the tribes’ status and enable them to effectively fulfill their national and community roles, thus ensuring their essential role as key partners and supporters in maintaining sovereignty and law enforcement.

Media Office of the Acting Speaker of the Council of Representatives

May 12, 2024