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Iraq Supreme Court: Federal Council to be established

[JURIST] Iraq's Federal Supreme Court decided [press release, in Arabic] Wednesday to establish the Council of the Union, or the Federal Council, which will oversee provisions passed by parliament.

The need for the council is stated in article 48 of the constitution [official text], but has not been established in the 13 years since the new government was implemented.

The move is thought to complete Iraq's law making authority, since before there was only one council of legislation. There may have been some delay in the move, because the Council of Representatives was to vote on the formation of the council as per article 65 and 147 of the constitution, but it failed to implement the overseeing council.

The ruling comes after the Supreme Court received some backlash [Kurdistan 24 report] for not establishing the council after the ruling on the Kurdistan Referendum [JURIST report].

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