Iraqi FM Ze­bari: Iraq’s pres­i­dency is the Kurds’ share

The Iraqi For­eign Min­is­ter (FM), Hosh­yar Ze­bari, said that Iraq’s pres­i­dency is the Kurds’ share of power and a guar­an­tee for their rights.

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The Iraqi For­eign Min­is­ter (FM), Hosh­yar Ze­bari, said that Iraq’s pres­i­dency is the Kurds’ share of power and a guar­an­tee for their rights.

“The Kurds should unite to choose a can­di­date for the post and that the Kur­dish coali­tion list does have in­flu­ence in the Iraqi Par­lia­ment,” said Ze­bari in a TV in­ter­view.

Ze­bari con­firmed that the US and the neigh­bor­ing coun­tries play sig­nif­i­cant roles in the Iraqi pol­i­tics. How­ever, he de­nied that these states would have any say in the for­ma­tion of the new Iraqi Govern­ment.

Re­gard­ing the prob­lem in An­bar Prov­ince, Ze­bari stressed that the se­cu­rity is­sue must be solved through ne­go­ti­a­tions with the lo­cal people of An­bar and that the govern­ment has asked the US to sup­port the Iraqi army in the ar­eas dev­as­tated by the armed con­flict.

Mean­while, Hamza alKar­tani, a deputy form Iraq’s Al-Mu­ta­he­doon coali­tion, said "The coali­tion has de­cided to dis­cuss with the Kurds the pres­i­dency and the Speaker of the Par­lia­ment posts in the next govern­ment."

Al-Kar­tani said that the coali­tion is go­ing to of­fer the Kurds to have the post of the Speaker in re­turn for a Sunni Arab as the next Iraqi pres­i­dent.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of the elec­tion, the post of the PM goes to a Shi­ite and the other two posts go to the Kurds and the Sun­nis. Al-Mu­ta­he­doon tries to dis­cuss the ex­chang­ing of posts with the Kurds.

On the other hand, Mah­moud Oth­man, a mem­ber of the Kur­dis­tani Al­liance, the main body of the Kurds in the Iraqi Par­lia­ment, stated that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani has nom­i­nated the Iraqi FM Hosh­yar Ze­bari as a can­di­date of the Kurds for the Iraq’s pres­i­dency.

The pres­i­dency post is not a con­tro­ver­sial is­sue be­tween Kurds and Arabs only, but it is a heated dis­pute among the Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties as well. The Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan (PUK) and the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) are strug­gling to fill the post.

The PUK Leader Jalal Tal­a­bani is the Iraq’s cur­rent pres­i­dent. The 80years old Tal­a­bani has been suf­fer­ing for years from health prob­lems, as he had un­der­went heart surgery in the United States in Au­gust 2008. In 2009, he was trans­ferred to Jordan for med­i­cal treat­ment due to ex­haus­tion and fa­tigue.

Jalal Tal­a­bani is the first Kurd to hold the post of the pres­i­dent of Iraq through­out the coun­try's mod­ern his­tory. He was elected pres­i­dent for a tran­si­tional phase in April 2005 and then re-elected in April 2010 for a sec­ond term for an­other four years. Since 2012, he has been hos­pi­tal­ized in Ger­many suf­fer­ing from a stroke.

Some fac­tions in Iraq have stated that the post will no longer go to a Kurd, but the Kurds have stressed the agree­ment be­tween all the par­ties which gives them the right to nom­i­nate a Kurd for the post.

Ob­servers be­lieve that the for­ma­tion of the new Iraqi cab­i­net and the dis­tri­bu­tion of the posts may take some time since each party wants to take up the vi­tal posts in the new govern­ment body.

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