Po­lit­i­cal par­ties agree to form new KRG cab­i­net

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

The KDP, CM and KIG have agreed to form the KRG cab­i­net, while the PUK and KIU have not de­cided to join the govern­ment yet. The PUK seems very up­set as its ally re­fused to give it the key se­cu­rity posts in the cab­i­net. By Salih Wal­ad­bagi The three win­ning par­ties of the last Septem­ber elec­tions have signed the fi­nal agree­ment on form­ing the new govern­ment cab­i­net af­ter 208 days de­lay. Mean­while, the third win­ning party, the Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan (PUK), has not de­cided to join the cab­i­net yet and still thinks over the op­tions.

The Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) and the Change Move­ment (CM) as well as the Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Group (KIG) have signed the fi­nal agree­ment to form the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment cab­i­net soon.

The KDP ne­go­ti­at­ing com­mit­tee, led by the sec­re­tary of the KDP polit­buro Fad­hil Mi­rani, met with the CM com­mit­tee in the Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani's house in Er­bil on Thurs­day 17 April, 2014.

Fol­low­ing the meet­ing, Mi­rani said : "We have signed the agree­ment to form the cab­i­net." Kur­dis­tan res­i­dents have been wait­ing for this news for seven months.

Ac­cord­ing to the newly signed agree­ment, the CM is go­ing to take the min­istries of Pesh­marga, Fi­nance and Econ­omy, En­dow­ment and Re­li­gious Af­fairs, Trade and In­dus­try plus the post of the Par­lia­ment Speaker and head of the In­vest­ment Board.

The KDP is go­ing to fill the posts of the next Prime Min­is­ter as well as the min­istries of In­te­rior, Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Plan­ning, Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and Ed­u­ca­tion.

KIG is go­ing to take the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Re­gional Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment Af­fairs, the agree­ment read.

Re­gard­ing the of­fer pre­sented to the Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Union, the KDP rep­re­sen­ta­tive con­firmed that the party has sug­gested the min­istry of elec­tric­ity, but the KIU has re­fused it. The KIU asked the KDP com­mit­tee to change it to one of the min­istries of Plan­ning, Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Ed­u­ca­tion or Health.

It is ex­pected that the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment is go­ing to hold its first ses­sion a week af­ter the agree­ment to se­lect the pres­i­dency board. Then the Par­lia­ment would as­sign the next Prime Min­is­ter, who is his Ex­cel­lency Nechir­van Idris Barzani, to form the cab­i­net within the pe­riod of only thirty days.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts say that the next cab­i­net with­out PUK's par­tic­i­pa­tion would be in­com­plete be­cause the party con­trols the po­lit­i­cal, se­cu­rity and fi­nan­cial af­fairs in the prov­ince of Su­laimani and Garmiyan Re­gion.

The KDP won the elec­tions and main­tained its po­si­tion as the largest vote-win­ner, while CM came sec­ond with ev­ery­one's raised eye­brows and the KDP's strate­gic part­ner since the 90s, the PUK, fell into the third place.

De­spite its de­feat in the polls, the PUK in­sisted on tak­ing key se­cu­rity min­is­te­rial posts in the new cab­i­net, while other par­ties, es­pe­cially the KDP and CM, think that it no longer de­serves such po­si­tions. The KDP had warned the po­lit­i­cal par­ties, es­pe­cially the PUK, that is go­ing to an­nounce the cab­i­net at the end of April with or with­out the PUK. The PUK which is largely sup­ported by the neigh­bor­ing Iran asked the Ira­nian me­di­a­tors to con­vince the KDP and the CM to give it the min­istry of Pesh­marga. It seems that the two par­ties have re­jected the pro­pos­als of the Ira­nian me­di­a­tors.

Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of the agree­ment, the PUK is­sued a state­ment say­ing it has al­ready "pre­dicted" that the two par­ties would sign the agree­ment. The agree­ment made many of the PUK sup­port­ers up­set. Mean­while, the PUK polit­buro an­nounced that it will have its own say but in an ap­pro­pri­ate time. The state­ment read that all the op­tions are open for the PUK. It also read that the prob­lem is not the an­nounce­ment of the agree­ment but it is some­thing else.

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