Political parties are irresolute about forming KRG cabinet
The KDP says the KRG cabinet would be formed before the Iraqi legislative elections, and the second winner of the last Kurdish parliamentary elections, Change Movement, says the KDP wants the cabinet be formed after the elections
Massoud Barzani the Kurdistan Regional President says that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) cabinet would be formed before the Iraqi parliamentary elections at the end of April. He stated that the political parties are eager to join the new cabinet. Meanwhile, an official from the Change Movement (CM) says that the cabinet would not be formed before the elections because the ruling parties want to know the results of the upcoming elections too.
At the inauguration ceremony for the elec- tion campaign, Barzani expressed his concern regarding delay in the cabinet formation and said he has his own complaints like all other citizens.
President Barzani also announced that the concluding steps have been taken and the ground is paved to form the new KRG cabinet.
He further added that the delay in the cabinet formation is not a serious matter, adding what is significant is that all the political groups are ready to join the new government.
Shamal Abdulwafa, a senior CM official, told Kurdish media that Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) intends to form the cabinet after holding the elections. He added that the KDP wants to evaluate the result of the Iraqi legislative election along with the provincial elections as well as Kurdistan parliamentary elections together.
He further added that the KDP is planning to distribute the governmental posts after reading all the results altogether.
Abdulwafa said that his party would not accept such an idea and wants the cabinet to be formed before the elections.
He additionally added that if the KDP and its strategic alley Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) think that the CM would bow in front of them then it is “impossible”.
He said that his party would not join a cabinet without the political Islamic groups because they are about 19% of the Kurdish society and it is their right to join a broadbased cabinet. He said the KDP suggested such a proposal to exclude the Islamic groups, but CM rejected it.
He denied that the CM is blameworthy for delaying the new cabinet, adding that the KDP and PUK are blameworthy due to they do not reach an agreement on forming the cabinet.
He said that the two major ruling parties don’t trust CM to grant it the next KRG’s Ministry of Interior, adding how do they want to form a broadbased government then.
He also expressed the different opinions within his party that some say the CM should participate in the next government in order to make reform, and some others say that it has to remain as an opposition party and continue disclosing the corruption scandals.
It is worth mentioning that the KDP was the winner of the Kurdistan legislative elections which was held in September. The CM came second place and the PUK came third. The political landscape of the Kurdistan Region changed after the last September elections and the balance of the powers changed with it too.