Iraqi cab­i­net for­ma­tion tough task for Abadi

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

The for­ma­tion of Iraqi cab­i­net is a tough task ahead of Iraqi PM-des­ig­nate Haider Abadi. The Shi­ite Na­tional Coali­tion has so far not ac­cepted the ma­jor Kur­dish de­mands, Kur­dish me­dia re­ported.

Spokesman of Muwatin bloc from Supreme Is­lamic Coun­cil of Amar Hakim in the Iraqi Par­lia­ment said that the new Iraqi cab­i­net would be formed soon.

The ne­go­ti­a­tion on the cab­i­net for­ma­tion is on­go­ing and the Kur­dish and Sunni po­lit­i­cal par­ties have sub­mit­ted their de­mands to the Shi­ite Na­tional Coali­tion. The Shi­ite of­fi­cial said that the par­ties have to present the names of the min­is­ters to Iraqi PM-des­ig­nate Abadi to be handed to the par­lia­ment be­fore Septem­ber 9, 2014.

Ac­cord­ing to Iraqi con­sti­tu­tion, Iraq’s pres­i­dent has to task the can­di­date of the big­gest po­lit­i­cal bloc in the par­lia­ment to form the cab­i­net within the pe­riod of one month.

The Iraqi po­lit­i­cal par­ties say that the ne­go­ti­a­tions are pos­i­tive and stress­ing that there is firm will to form the cab­i­net soon.

Ac­cord­ing to a Kur­dish source wished to re­main anony­mous, the new cab­i­net in­cludes 30 min­istries.

The Kur­dish source said that the Shi­ite Coali­tion has not thus far ac­cepted to give guar­an­tee to the Kurds to im­ple­ment the Kur­dish de­mands fol­low­ing cab­i­net for­ma­tion.

The Kur­dish lead­er­ship be­lieves that the Iraqi gov­ern­ment has to show its good­will and send the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s bud­get that has been with­held by out­go­ing PM Nouri alMa­liki.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­mal sources, the Kurds might take six to eight min­istries in the cab­i­net in ad­di­tion to deputy to prime min­ster, the Sun­nis seven and Shi­ites 14 to 15 min­istries in ad­di­tion to deputy to the Iraqi Pres­i­dent.

The Kur­dish de­mands are in­clud­ing im­ple­ment­ing Ar­ti­cle 140, bud­get, arm­ing, train­ing and bud­get of Pesh­marga, avi­a­tion rights as well as hy­dro­car­bon law.

None of th­ese sig­nif­i­cant is­sues has been ac­cepted by the Shi­ite Coali­tion and this might make prob­lem ahead of cab­i­net forma- tion.

If the cab­i­net for­ma­tion process takes more than one month, then the coun­try will face a con­sti­tu­tional vac­uum. This would be the first common point be­tween this cab­i­net and pre­vi­ous ones.

The Kurds and Sun­nis had been dis­en­fran­chised un­der the out­go­ing PM Ma­liki and they are now de­mand­ing a large share of gov­ern­ment. PM-des­ig­nate Abadi can­not ne­glect the Kur­dish and Sun­nis de­mands and ig­nore any com­po­nent of Iraq. He would def­i­nitely face pres­sure from the United States and in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity as well.

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