Salahuddin Governor Halts Tuz Khurmatu’s Mayor Appointment

February 3, 2018 at 11:43 pm

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Salahuddin governor, Ahmed Abdullah al-Jubouri, stops the appointment of Tuz Khurmatu’s new mayor because of an appeal submitted by the former mayor to the Administrative Tribunal.

Tuz Khuematu’s Local council elected Hassan Zainuddin the mayor of the sub-district on January 18 by a majority voting as a Turkmen with the absence of Kurds one week after removing the former mayor Shalal Abdul.

Shalal Abdu said to KirkukNow: “I submitted an appeal to the Federal Court about removing me from my post, later the Federal Court directed a formal letter to Salahuddin province to stop appointing a new mayor for Tuz Khurmatu sub-district. Salahudin governor decided to stop the appointment of Tuz Khurmatu mayor by a request from the Federal Court until a verdict is given related to the appeal submitted by me about removing me.”

The decision of Salahuddin’s governor and the Administrative Tribunal has created anxiety among Turkmens in Tuz Khurmatu.

Deputy head of Tuz Khurmatu’s Council, Ali al-Hashimi and a Turkmen, told KirkukNow: “because of the elections so close and coordination in between Salahuddin governore and the Kurds they are hindering appointing a Turkmen as Tuz Kurmatu’s mayor.”

He added: “we as Turkmen will not accept again a Kurd to be appointed as the mayor of Tuz Khurmatu, and if former mayor, Shalal Abdul, returns we will vote to remove him again.”

Abdul starts his duties after the toppling down Saddam Hussein regime in 2003 untill October 16, 2017 when Iraqi forces entered the disputed areas.

Tuz Khurmatu’s Council removed former mayor with the members’ majority voting on January 10, 2018 because he did not attend his hearing session in front of the council. Al-Alam sub-district’s Chief was requested to be the deputy mayor of Tuz Khurmatu until electing a new one.

Tuz Khurmatu is part of Salahuddin province administratively and one of the disputed areas that are described by article140 of the Iraqi constitution and has: Arabs, Kurds and Turkmens living there who are of different religions and sects.

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