Hal­bja, the Fifth Kur­dish Prov­ince

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Three days ago, the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment ac­cepted the draft law of the Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Hal­abja, the city of five thou­sand mar­tyrs. At the mo­ment, Hal­abja is the 5th Gov­er­norate of South­ern Kur­dis­tan. Pro­vid­ing public ser­vices for the city makes the peo­ple sat­is­fied as much as mak­ing Hal­abja into a gov­er­norate. The peo­ple ad­mit that their city has had ser­vices but not suf­fi­cient. This year, in the Re­gion’s bud­get, a part of it is as­signed for re­con­struc­tion of the city.

Mr. Nechir­van Barzani, on March 16th, 2014, as the PM of the Gov­ern­ment of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion signed the draft to make Hal­abja a gov­er­norate. On Septem­ber 30th, 2014, the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment with ma­jor­ity of votes made Hal­bja the cap­i­tal city of peace. On De­cem­ber 12th of the same year, Mr. Mas­soud Barzani, the Pres­i­dent of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, ap­proved of the Par­lia­ment’s de­ci­sion.

Sitar Ju­tiar, a cit­i­zen of Hal­bja, said that now that his city is a Gov­er­norate and cap­i­tal city of peace de­light its peo­ple, but it is as very im­por­tant the city is rebuild.

On Fe­bru­ary 5th, the Par­lia­ment had a sub­nor­mal meet­ing in Hal­abja Mon­u­ment and with the ma­jor­ity of votes ac­cepted the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the city. The de­ci­sion made the cit­i­zens happy and they gave out sweets and wore Kur­dish clothes as a cel­e­bra­tion sym­bol.

Serkawt Er­fan, an­oth- er cit­i­zen, said that the de­ci­sion of the Kur­dish Par­lia­ment made them re­ally happy and they thank them for re­spect­ing the mar­tyrs of the city. He also said that all cit­i­zens of the city ask for an in­crease in public ser­vices. This year, in the whole bud­get of Iraq, 2 bil­lion IDs have been as­signed for the re­con­struc­tion of Hal­bja and have been ac­cepted as the fifth Gov­er­norate of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. Be­sides the re­con­struc­tion, they have as­signed 440 bil­lion di­nars for the in­vest­ment and con­struc­tion of the new Prov­ince. On Fe­bru­ary 5th, along the pro­ce­dure of rat­i­fy­ing the draft of the mak­ing the city into a Gov­er­norate, Mr. Nechir­van Barzani an­nounced, in a speech, that Hal­bja de­serves much more ser­vice.

Shi­lan Sheikh Jaafer, a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment on KDP list in Xe­bat, said that in terms of their sac­ri­fice, Hal­abja city has not been served suf­fi­ciently. What has been done for the city was all af­ter 2003 and the city’s bor­ders need to be de­fined as well. She said that turn­ing Hal­bja into a gov­er­norate made all sides sat­is­fied but it is also im­por­tant to pro­vide ser­vices. She also men­tioned that bring­ing back the Gen­eral Di­rec­to­ries for this city is needed so that the cit­i­zens do not go to Su­lay­ma­niah for their pa­per­work and this too re­duces the pres­sure on Su­lay­ma­niah it­self.

Ms. Shi­lan re­it­er­ated that the Gov­ern­ment this year af­ter get­ting the bud­get from Bagh­dad should start un­der­tak­ing the projects that the cit­i­zens have asked for. She said that what­ever projects are fin­ished yet it is not enough.

The Hal­abja city is sit­u­ated 84 kil­lome­ters north­east of Su­lay­ma­niah. The Pro­vin­cial Coun­cil con­sists of 25 seats and up to now it is not en­tirely clear whether the Gov­er­norate will in­clude sub-dis­tricts of Xur­mal, Sir­wan, Bi­yara to­gether with Sayid Sadiq, Sharazur, and Pen­jwen too. Hal­bja’s pop­u­la­tion in­clud­ing Sir­wan, Xur­mal and Bi­yara dis­tricts reach 117, 000 peo­ple.

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