KDP and CM dis­cuss KRG cab­i­net for­ma­tion

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

A se­nior del­e­ga­tion from the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) led by Nechir­van Barzani vis­ited Change Move­ment (CM) leader Noshir­wan Mustafa at the party’s main of­fice in the prov­ince of Su­laimaniya.

A se­nior del­e­ga­tion from the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) led by Nechir­van Barzani vis­ited Change Move­ment (CM) leader Noshir­wan Mustafa at the party’s main of­fice in the prov­ince of Su­laimaniya.

The two sides talked about the for­ma­tion of the new Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) cab­i­net and the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal at­mos­phere in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment pub­lished by Barzani’s of­fice.

They also dis­cussed the is­sues pend­ing be­tween the KRG and the Iraqi Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, stress­ing the need to find a so­lu­tion through peace­ful di­a­logue.

The CM turned down a KDP of­fer of one CM deputy prime min­is­ter in the next cab­i­net, con­firm­ing that it wants the vice pres­i­dency in the new Kur­dish gov­ern­ment.

CM de­clared that it wants an ac­tive and dy­namic gov­ern­ment and re­jected the tac­tic of per­suad­ing or tempt­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties by amend­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tive struc­ture of the coun­cil of min­is­ters.

Barzani asked Mustafa to step in as a me­di­a­tor to speed up the cab­i­net for­ma­tion process.

The Prime Min­is­ter had one deputy in the pre­vi­ous cab­i­net, when the post was filled by the KDP’s strate­gic ally, the Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan (PUK). The process of form­ing a new cab­i­net has been par­a­lyzed by the par­ties’ in­abil­ity to reach an agree­ment on who should fill the deputy PM post.

Fol­low­ing the Septem­ber polls, the po­lit­i­cal land­scape of Kur­dis­tan changed when the PUK fell into third place be­hind the CM.

The sec­ond deputy post is now ex­pected to be filled by the PUK and the first by the CM. How­ever, there ap­pears to still be a lot of ne­go­ti­at­ing to do, even though more than four months have al­ready elapsed since the elec­tions.

In ac­cor­dance with the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment leg­is­la­tion, the first deputy PM would have the au­thor­ity to man­age ad­min­is­tra­tive af­fairs when the PM is away.

The CM did not par­tic­i­pate in the pre­vi­ous cab­i­net and stayed out­side the gov­ern­ment as a strong op­po­si­tion. This time, how­ever, it wants to play a sig­nif­i­cant role in the cab­i­net, and the CM needs a KDP guar­an­tee that it will be a gen­uine part­ner in the cab­i­net. Ac­cord­ing to a KDP of­fi­cial, Barzani has promised to treat the CM as an equal part­ner in the cab­i­net. The KDP has been charged with start­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions to form the cab­i­net and with main­tain­ing the bal­ance be­tween its ally and the Change Move­ment in the process.

Fol­low­ing the polls, all the win­ning par­ties com­mit­ted them­selves to serv­ing in the cab­i­net, which has made its for­ma­tion more of a chal­lenge.

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