The dream comes true finally
The KRG has announced the new cabinet and is expected to focus on improving the economy
The Kurdish political parties finally formed a power-sharing government, after nine months waiting, on Wednesday 18 June, 2014. The formation of the eighth KRG cabinet ended long disputes and negotiations between the parties.
The cabinet consists of five winning parties, including the KDP of Barzani, the Gorran of Mustafa, the PUK of Talabani, the KIU and the Komal.
The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) became the winner of the last Iraqi Parliamentary and the Kurdish Provincial Council elections.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Change Movement (Gorran) are the major partners in the new cabinet.
The Elder son of the President Jalal Talabani, Qubad Talabani, has been elected by 92 votes out of 111 in the Parliament to take on the post of the Deputy PM. It was he who directed successfully the PUK campaign in the Kurdish Provincial Council elections. Many refer the recovery of the PUK from the September defeat to Qubad Talabani himself.
Gorran managed to take the lion's share of the key ministries in the cabinet such as the Ministries of Peshmarga and Finance and Economy. It was the biggest opposition party in the former cabinet.
The cabinet includes 19 ministries. The KDP has won the Prime Minister post in addition to five ministries including Ministries of Interior, Natural Resources, Education, Municipality and Planning.
The ministers took an oath in the Kurdistan Parliament and the Premier Nechirvan Barzani in his speech outlined his government's future program.
He stated that the new Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has to shoulder the economic, financial and administrative responsibilities, adding that all the parties are real partners in the cabinet.
The PM Barzani strongly stressed on working together with the other parties and act with one voice to protect and preserve the big achievements that have been made so far. He announced that the new cabinet has been formed at a very critical point in time when the rest of Iraq is sinking in violence.
In his speech, Barzani emphasized on protecting the Kurdish areas outside the KRG administration that is called the disputed areas according to the Iraqi Constitution.
PM Barzani of the KDP declared that the cabinet is a broad-based government, which is the reflection of the desire of the winning parties in the Kurdistan Region, adding that the process of the formation of the cabinet needed patience with the intention of shaping a genuine partnership.
“The partnership has to respond to the demands of people and the political components of the Kurdistan Region,” he said.
Barzani expressed gratitude to the people of Kurdistan for their tolerance as the cabinet formation took so many months to take shape and materialize, in particular following the Iraqi cabinet's decision to cut the KRG’s share of the national budget.
Withholding the budget has had a very negative impact on the lives of the people of Kurdistan as well as the economy and the investment. Barzani described this move by the Iraqi government as “unjust and unconstitutional.”
He expressed his sympathy for the trouble this situation has caused the residents of the Kurdistan Region.
An MP from the Kurdistan Islamic Union told the Kurdish media that the delay in forming the cabinet tested the patience of the Kurdish people.
The cabinet formation is expected to have a positive impact on the economy and the security situation as well.
With the formation of the KRG cabinet, the Kurds sent a strong message to the federal government that the Kurds are united and are ready to tackle the current crises.
According to the PM Barzani, the first priority of his administration will focus on the economic plans. The KRG administration will focus on industry and tourism sectors, and it will support the private sector to play a more active role to invigorate the economy.
Barzani further highlighted the hard-working and serious efforts of the new cabinet based on the principles of citizenship, separation of powers, peace and the social justice.
He also added that the cabinet would focus on the issues of human rights and chiefly the rights of women and children.
The other sectors that the cabinet will concentrate on would be the rule of law and justice, increase prosperity, real reforms, protection of the environment and finding a solution to fight corruption in the KRG’s institutions.
“The cabinet will work to provide equal opportunities for all inhabitants of Kurdistan regardless of their political, ethnic, or religious affiliation,” said the Prime Minister Barzani.
Addressing the new ministers in the cabinet, Barzani said that they are quite qualified to handle “the economic, financial and administrative” responsibilities.
The winning parties that agreed to come together to govern the Kurdistan Region based on the election entitlements.
Barzani said that the government will definitely keep the promises made to the residents of Kurdistan and it will serve them.
The participation of various political parties in a power-sharing cabinet will lead to strengthening the foundation of democracy and peaceful coexistence, respecting different perspectives, freedom of press and governing under one umbrella.