Small par­ties de­mand se­nior posts in new cab­i­net

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

The small par­ties that won one par­lia­men­tary seats each are ask­ing for min­is­te­rial posts in the new Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment (KRG) cab­i­net. They are threat­en­ing to form an op­po­si­tion if the new cab­i­net dis­re­gards their de­mands.

A del­e­ga­tion from the Kur­dis­tan Com­mu­nist Party, So­cial­ist Party, Is­lamic Move­ment and two other po­lit­i­cal par­ties met with Re­gional Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani to talk about the for­ma­tion of the KRG cab­i­net and the de­mands made by the par­ties dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions to form the govern­ment.

The small par­ties that won one par­lia­men­tary seats each are ask­ing for min­is­te­rial posts in the new Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment (KRG) cab­i­net. They are threat­en­ing to form an op­po­si­tion if the new cab­i­net dis­re­gards their de­mands.

A del­e­ga­tion from the Kur­dis­tan Com­mu­nist Party, So­cial­ist Party, Is­lamic Move­ment and two other po­lit­i­cal par­ties met with Re­gional Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani to talk about the for­ma­tion of the KRG cab­i­net and the de­mands made by the par­ties dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions to form the govern­ment.

The Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Move­ment spokesman, Ab­dul­lah Warte, said they had told Barzani that all the win­ning par­ties in the re­cent par­lia­men­tary elec­tions should par­tic­i­pate in the cab­i­net. He added that the win­ning par­ties had to take min­is­te­rial posts.

“We ex­pressed our opin­ions frankly to Pres­i­dent Barzani, and we think that it is our right to form an op­po­si­tion if we are not given a min­istry,” he said.

There have been three ma­jor op­po­si­tion par­ties dur­ing the past four years: the Change Move­ment (CM) led by Noshir­wan Mustafa, the Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Union (KIU) led by Mo­hammed Faraj, and the Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Group (KIG) led by Ali Bapir.

Ab­dul­lah Ha­jji Mah­moud, the spokesman for the Com­mu­nist Party, stated that his party is ask­ing for one min­istry, adding that his party would have its own say if it was left out of the cab­i­net.

In ad­di­tion to the five par­ties, Chris­tians and Turk­men are also ask­ing for se­nior po­si­tions in the new cab­i­net.

A se­nior of­fi­cial from the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP), the party that won the most par­lia­men­tary seats and which has been tasked with form­ing the cab­i­net, said the win­ning par­ties might not all be given min­is­te­rial posts in the new KRG cab­i­net.

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