Kur­dish min­is­ters took of­fice in Bagh­dad, prom­ise to solve is­sues

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.”

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