Iraqi cabinet formation tough task for Abadi
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.