Kurds reluctant to take part in new cabinet
Kurds warn PM Abadi to meet Kurdish demands in three months
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.