PUK and Gorran reached agreement to distribute Sulaimani posts
Sulaimani’s two major parties, the PUK and Change Movement, signed an agreement on December 11, 2014 to distribute the local governorate posts between them. The process took almost seven months of discussions to hand over power peacefully in the Kurdish Capital City of Culture.
According to the agreement, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan of former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani will take the first two years of the Governor post. Change Movement, known as Gorran locally, will take the second two years of the post.
The disputes have not only been over the Suliamani’s local posts, but the two parties related the distribution of the posts to the posts in the new Kurdish Province of Halabaja, which won the title of “Province” because it was gassed by the former Iraqi regime in 1988.
Based on the mutual agreement, Gorran will be in charge to take the position of Halabja governor for the first two years. Then the two parties will exchange the governor posts in both Sulaimani and Halabja.
They finalized the agreement of 12 points after dozens of meetings.
The parties describe the Provincial Council as a “Sulaimani Domestic Government”. They decided to form a broadbased domestic government that will include all the winning parties in the provincial elections.
The PUK candidate for the governor position is Aso Faraidun who gained around 100,000 votes and he would be in the office until August 9, 2016.
While, Haval AbuBaker, Gorran candidate for governor post, gained more than 250,000 votes. He will take the office for the second two years.
The head of administrative units of districts and sub-districts would be indicated directly by the Provincial Council until they select the officials through an election, according to the agreement.
The PUK and Gorran will form a joint committee to negotiate with other parties in order to share the posts with them based on their electoral entitlement.
The Provincial Councils of Sulaimani and Halabja will review all the directorates, colleges, health centers, independent boards and will reorganize and distribute the posts based on the agreement.