Calling for temporary quota
Yazidis seek five seats in Kurdish parliament

July 12, 2018 at 4:56 pm

Lalish, April 2018, the Red Wednesday ceremony of Yazidi component. Photo: Heman Baban

Lalish, April 2018, the Red Wednesday ceremony of Yazidi component. Photo: Heman Baban

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Prominent figures of the Yazidi component seek five seats in the Kurdish parliament for the upcoming election, as a “temporary measure” until the implementation article 140 of the Iraqi constitution which deals with the administration of the disputed areas between Erbil and Baghdad.
For that purpose, the prominent figures of Yazidis have formed a delegation as they are meeting officials from the Kurdistan region, to gather enough support for introducing the proposal into a law.
They have already filed the proposal to parliament, and gathered enough support, according to the members of the Yazidi delegation, as they wait as discussion into the matter in an ordinary session.
The Yazidi member of parliament on Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) bloc, Sheikh Shamo Sheikho told KirkukNow, “The project consists of four articles, calling for allocation of five quota seats for Yazidi component as a temporary measure until the article 140 is implemented.”
Yazidis mostly reside in the disputed areas in Ninewa province, a region which its administration is disputed between Erbil and Baghdad.
The Deputy Speaker of the Kurdish parliament, Jaafar Imniki, has met the Yazidi delegation on 25 June and supported their cause.

Erbil 2015, an ordinary session of the Kurdistan region’s parliament. Photo: Parliament media

Erbil 2015, an ordinary session of the Kurdistan region’s parliament. Photo: Parliament media

Among 111 seats of the Kurdistan region’s parliament, 11 of them are for components as a quota, mainly Christians, Turkmens and Armenians, but Yazidis, Kakaiyi and Shabak have no share yet.
A member of Yazidi delegation and representative of their chief, Hazim Tahseen Saeed, claimed that the political parties support their recommendation, saying parliament Speakership promised them to put it in their agenda, “We wait for a result to have a quota to the next term of parliament.”
Scheduled on 30 September, the electoral body has already approved 38 political entities for the upcoming election, including one Yazidi bloc.
The deputy head of the Law Committee in parliament, who is a member of the opposition, Gorran, Bahar Abdulrahman said the issue could be resolved through an agreement among the political blocs, “but certainly the Yazidis have a right to have their quota”.
Though they were estimated to be 550 thousand people in Iraq, 100 thousand Yazidis have immigrated abroad, while 360 of them are displaced, and the fate of three thousand of them is unknown after the Islamic State incursion, according to the General Department of Yazidi Affairs in the Kurdistan regional government.

Ninewa 2018, the displaced Yazidis in Mount Sinjar camps. Photo: IOM

Ninewa 2018, the displaced Yazidis in Mount Sinjar camps. Photo: IOM

Shamo says the project is not to aim at separating the component from the Kurds, but to resolve their representation until the issue of the disputed areas is resolved.
Although Iraqi parliament has decided to allocate one seat as a quota share for any component, Shamo says the law has not been implemented in favour of Yazidis “which they are counted as Kurds”.
In the parliamentary election of 12 May, Yazidis could win two more seats on other political entities, along with their share of quota.

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