Kurdish ministers took office in Baghdad, promise to solve issues
Kurdish ministers took oath at the Iraqi Council of Representatives on Saturday, October 18, 2014 and took office in their new positions at the Iraqi government, led by the new prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
The ministers, consisting of Dr. Rosh Nouri Shawais, Deputy Prime Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, Finance Minister, Darbaz Mohammed, Ministry of Immigration and Immigrants, Bayan Nouri, Ministry of Women and Saman Abdullah, State Minister.
After taking oath, the ministers stated that they will be trying their best to resolve the major points of disagreement with the central government in Baghdad, and if Abadi’s government fails to solve the issues they will go back to Erbil.
Deputy Prime Minister Shawais, told reporters that if Baghdad failed to solve its issues with Erbil, they will return back to Erbil and make a decision about the future with the Kurdish leadership.
Minister Zebari also said that their top priorities in Baghdad will be solving the budget and salary issues as well as the draft budget law of Iraq for 2015.
Regarding the budget, Zebari added that it is not only related to Kurdistan Region and the Kurds, but rather to all Iraqis and whole Iraq.
“I have not yet met with my ministry’s committee yet,” said Zebari. “We will meet and decide about it in a way that finds suitable solution for the issues.”
Zebari said they will try t pass 2014 budget very fast to start working on 2015 budget draft to avoid delays.
Beriwan Khailani, Kurdish member of the Iraqi Parliament said it was good that the ministers took office in Baghdad, and this would pave the way towards solving the pending issues between Erbil and Baghdad, as “now the prime minister does not have any more justifications.”
“Now our ministers are in Baghdad and Abadi does not have more justifications to not sending Kurdistan’s budget,” MP Khailani said. “The ministers will directly work on the pending issues both at the council of ministers and at their respective ministries.”