Two alternatives for the Kirkuk components
Kirkuk Provincial Council is paralyzed

April 1, 2018 at 12:05 am

A meeting of the Kirkuk Province Council. Photo: Kirkuknow, 2015

Goran Baban-Kirkuk

The leader of Turkmen list in Kirkuk Provincial Council said that there are two alternatives for the city’s components to surpass the current situation in the province, and to start again the meetings of that council which after the October 16th development have stopped.

Tahssin Kahya, in his speech to Kirkuknow said, “Starting from now to the coming elections, we have only two alternatives. The first one is to maintain the current situation until the coming elections, and the second one is through generating political agreements to form a new Council by the main components (Kurds, Arabs, and Turkmens) of the city through meetings and talks.

About the most significant alternative, Kahya said, “Political agreement to form a new council is preferred by the parties, and there are serious attempts for this issue which later we will all decide upon it jointly.”

Turkmen: political agreement to elect a new council is the will of the parties.

The meetings of the council has paralyzed after the majority members of Brotherhood list in Kirkuk Provincial Council including the council’s head left the city when Iraqi forces replaced Peshmerga forces due to the decision of the prime minister, Haider Al-Abadi, and they defined this military move of October 16th development of the past year as “invasion”.

Fakhradin Mohammad, the operator of Kirkuk’s PUK headquarter said that the absence of members of the Brotherhood list of the council which they represent 26 seats out of 41 seats, is the main reason that that the meetings have been inactive, and it is not possible to come to a political agreement to create a new council without the majority of the members.

Kirkuk’s governor position which is the PUK’ share of power in the city, now is run by Arabs, and the position of the head of the provincial council is run by Rebwar Talabani as Kurds’ share of power, but he lives in Erbil and has not returned to Kirkuk, yet.

Kurd: the solution to stabilize the current crisis of the council is on PUK and PDK burden.

“The solutions to stabilize the current issues are on PUK and KDP burden, and after October 16th, it is possible for the Brotherhood list to decide again on recreation of unity amongst the components, and those council members who went to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah, can return to Kirkuk.” Fakhradin Mohammad added more and said, “The freezing of the council created opportunities for laws to be passed that are not in Kurds’ interest.”

After October 16th development which happened due to the KRI and the disputed areas’ referendum, tens of high ranking positions which were Kurds’ share of power, are given to Arabs and Turkmens because KDP members who had run these positions did not come back to the city, but all the changes in these positions were happened without the council awareness and permission.

Arab component which it has six seats in the provincial council, is ready only ready to return to the council meetings if the positions will be redistributed.

Arab: our condition to return to the council meeting is only through redistribution of the positions.

Ramla Oubaidi, member of Arab list, informed Kirkuknow and said, “It is possible if all of the three components come to an agreement on redistribution of the positions with one unified will of all the parties.”

She also added, “Now, all the parties are constantly working and discussing over finding a mutual agreement, and in a short period, the meetings will have promising results that will be in Kirkuk’s people interest.

Arab components say that they seek a mutual will that is far away from racism , and none of the components would be neglected.

It has been 13 years that elections were not run in Kirkuk, and this is due to the disputes and conflicts between the parties over the methods of election. Even though they have agreed to run the election on 22nd December 2018, the next council that will be elected will not have the ability to solve problematic issues like Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution which is the claim between KRG and central government over the disputed areas.




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