Pres­i­dent Barzani meets Kur­dish rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Bagh­dad

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Zakaria Muhammed

In Er­bil, on Oc­to­ber 5, the Pres­i­dent of the Kur­dis­tan re­gion, Ma­soud Barzani, met with Kur­dish min­is­ters in the Iraqi gov­ern­ment and Kur­dish MPs sit­ting in the Iraqi par­lia­ment

The Iraqi par­lia­men­tary elec­tion draft law was dis­cussed at the meet­ing, which was at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties. Each one ex­pressed their opin­ion on the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions in Iraq which are due to be held in April 2014.

Barzani asked the po­lit­i­cal groups to put their head to­gether over the draft law, and asked them to agree on a com­mon line in re­la­tion to the Iraqi elec­tions. The po­lit­i­cal groups are now meant to meet with their mem­bers to dis­cuss the is­sue be­fore ex­press­ing their opin­ion. A com­mit­tee has been formed to dis­cuss the is­sues with Iraqi of­fi­cials.

An MP from the Kur­dis­tan Al­liance list, Mah­mud Oth­man, who took part in the meet­ing, said the meet­ing was very pos­i­tive and that dis­cus­sion had cen­tered on the draft par­lia­men­tary elec­tion law and the Iraqi Gen­eral Bud­get bill.

“Kur­dis­tan’s share of the gen­eral bud­get is only 10.3 %, and a large por­tion of the bud­get has been al­lot­ted to se­cu­rity is­sues. Our min­is­ters have been no­ti­fied to raise this is­sue at the meet­ing of the coun­cil of min­is­ters,” Oth­man ex­plained.

Oth­man said the Kurds do not agree with sev­eral points dis­cussed in re­la­tion to the par­lia­men­tary law draft in Par­lia­ment, and that if the is­sues are not solved, the Kurds will have their own say.

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