Monday, June 21, 2004


3. National Legislative Assembly

The National Legislative Assembly thus elected will be the supreme legislative authority in the country. It will, by nature, be non-homogeneous with built-in conflict-ridden factions.
• To avoid dangerous friction, fiery speeches and counter-productive conflicts, it is suggested that this Assembly carries out its main functions through various committees to perform rigidly predefined tasks. These are outlined in some detail in the full document of this proposal.
• A major task for the Assembly is electing a president for Iraq from at least four candidates nominated by:
 Members of the Assembly itself.
 Present and past members of all professional institutions in Iraq requiring a university degree for membership.
 Present and retired members of the teaching staff of all universities and other academic institutions.

This temporary measure is proposed to solve the problem of the absence of known credible public figures not associated with the previous regime.
With the election of a president, the executive branch of the government can be readily established.

• The Assembly can also undertake the election of the president and members of the Tamyeez Court (The Supreme Court) that will be the judicial authority.
• The Assembly can oversee plans for the election of a National Assembly within six months. These elections could follow more conventional procedures with each candidate representing approximately fifty thousand electors.

The two houses, the National Assembly and the Legislative Assembly (which will from then on become “the lower house” and specialize in Local Government), can work together on constructing a Constitution to be put to a national vote, thus ending this interim period.

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