Nin­eveh re­quests to be­come au­ton­o­mous re­gion

Al-Nu­jaifi: declar­ing au­ton­o­mous re­gion ben­e­fits the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion too

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

Nin­eveh Gover­nor, Ethel al-Nu­jaifi, an­nounced that Nin­eveh Provin­cial Coun­cil has sub­mit­ted a re­quest let­ter to the Iraqi cen­tral govern­ment ask­ing for mak­ing the Prov­ince an au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

Al-Nu­jaifi pointed out: “Nin­eveh ad­min­is­tra­tive body has lost its trust in the cen­tral govern­ment be­cause the Prov­ince’s re­quests and de­mands have been ne­glected and ig- nored in many re­spects.”

Al-Nu­jaifi found it es­sen­tial to re­quest the cen­tral govern­ment to ap­prove the law of the Prov­ince Coun­cil, es­pe­cially the one that is re­lated to the se­cu­rity case of the Prov­ince, al­though the Gover­nor does not ex­pect the cen­tral govern­ment to an­swer af­fir­ma­tively.

“The govern­ment has no in­ten­tion to solve the is­sues the Prov­ince is suf- fer­ing from. Many key is­sues re­gard­ing se­cu­rity, en­ergy and the pub­lic ser­vices have re­mained un­re­solved,” he crit­i­cized.

In the north, Iraq’s Kurds run their own au­ton­o­mous Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. Last year, the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Iraq’s south­ern Basra Prov­ince threat­ened to break away from the cen­tral govern­ment and cre­ate an au­ton­o­mous re­gion of their own too.

The Nin­eveh Gover­nor be­lieves declar­ing an au­ton­o­mous re­gion will also ben­e­fit the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion as well in the fields of se­cu­rity and econ­omy.

Nin­eveh is a prov­ince in north­ern Iraq, which con­tains the an­cient Assyr­ian city of Nin­eveh. It has an area of 37,323 square kilo­me­ters and an es­ti­mated pop­u­la­tion of 2,453,000 people back in 2003. Its chief city and provin­cial cap­i­tal is Mo­sul, which lies across the Ti­gris River from the ru­ins of an­cient Nin­eveh. Tal Afar is also a ma­jor city within the re­gion. Be­fore 1976, it was called Mo­sul Prov­ince and in­cluded the present-day Duhok Prov­ince too.

As far as re­li­gion is con­cerned, the ma­jor­ity of the Kurds and Arabs are Sunni Mus­lims, while Turk­men are mostly Shi'ites; Assyr­i­ans and Ar­me­ni­ans are ex­clu­sively Chris­tians; the Yazidis and Shabaks are fol­low­ing their own re­li­gious be­liefs. Nin­eveh is a Sunni-ma­jor­ity prov­ince.

The main lan­guages spo­ken here are the Ara­bic, the Neo-Ara­maic, the Kur­dish, the South Az­eri, the Shabaki and the Ar­me­nian.

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