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

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

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.

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