The dream comes true fi­nally

The KRG has an­nounced the new cab­i­net and is ex­pected to fo­cus on im­prov­ing the econ­omy

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By |Salih Wal­ad­bagi

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.

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