Kurds re­luc­tant to take part in new cab­i­net

Kurds warn PM Abadi to meet Kur­dish de­mands in three months

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

The Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties made a re­luc­tant decision to par­tic­i­pate in the new Iraqi cab­i­net be­cause they want the gov­ern­ment to meet their de­mands in short time. The Kurds have given the new Prime Min­is­ter Haider Abadi three months to im­ple­ment their con­sti­tu­tional rights.

The Kur­dish and Shi­ite ne­go­ti­at­ing com­mit­tees did not reach a mu­tual agree­ment dur­ing the cab­i­net dis­cus­sions.

A Kur­dish se­nior poli- ti­cian said that the new Iraqi cab­i­net has to show its good­will. He added that the cab­i­net has not yet promised the Kur­dish lead­er­ship to meet all the Kur­dish de­mands.

On Mon­day, Septem­ber 8, around 177 Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, out of 328, voted for the new cab­i­net headed by Shi­ite PM Haider Abadi.

The Kur­dish de­mands are in­clud­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of Ar­ti­cle 140 within a pe­riod of one year, re- solv­ing oil and gas is­sues by pass­ing the Iraqi hy­dro­car­bon law, send­ing Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s bud­get which has been with­held since Fe­bru­ary to­gether with avi­a­tion con­trol of the Kur­dis­tan air­ways.

Hosh­yar Ze­bari, the out­go­ing Iraqi For­eign Min­is­ter, said that this gov­ern­ment is dif­fer­ent. How­ever, he warned the cab­i­net, which they have thrown their support be­hind, that the de­mands must be im­ple­mented within the de­ter­mined pe­riod.

The lead­ers of five Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties met in Su­laimaniyah on Mon­day to de­cide on par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Kurds in Iraqi cab­i­net. The US and UN sent their rep­re­sen­ta­tives to at­tend the meet­ing and per­suade the Kurds to join it.

The UN and US del­e­ga­tion told the Kurds that it would be in the fa­vor of the Kurds to join the cab­i­net. They are aware of the three months ul­ti­ma­tum. If the gov­ern­ment fails the Kur­dish par­ties might with­draw from the cab­i­net and this would lead ev­ery­one to re­turn to the first square.

The Kurds want to be real part­ner in the cab­i­net, what they did not feel in the pre­vi­ous cab­i­net. Now, the new Prime Min­is­ter has the op­por­tu­nity to form an in­clu­sive cab­i­net and bring all the Iraqis to­gether.

In a speech to par­lia­ment out­lin­ing his pro- posed gov­ern­ment pro­gram, Abadi said, "My gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to solv­ing all sus­pended is­sues with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment".

Iraq's Par­lia­ment elected the out­go­ing Premier Nuri al-Ma­liki as one of three largely cer­e­mo­nial posts of vice pres­i­dents.

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