New mayor appointed for Tuz Khurmatu

August 2, 2018 at 10:59 am

The new mayor of Tuz Khurmatu, Hasan Zein al-Abideen, starts with a presseron 1 August 2018..

The new mayor of Tuz Khurmatu, Hasan Zein al-Abideen, starts with a presser on 1 August 2018.

A new mayor, Hasan Zein al-Abideen, started in his office, replacing the embattled Kurdish mayor Shalal Abdul.

Abdul fled Tuz Khurmatu since the federal advance on the disputed areas, often claiming to have retained his position as a mayor. However, the district council of Tuz Khurmatu accused him of corruption and mismanagement and appointed several acting mayors since early 2018.

Abdul appealed to a decision of the council in court, but the governor of Salahadin send a decree earlier this week, announcing the replacement is official.

Zein al-Abideen confirmed his appointment in a presser on 1 August, taking a legal oath in the district’s court.

Kurdish officials, including Abdul, criticized the replacement, saying he was appointed without any consent from the Kurdish representatives in the town.

A member of Tuz Khurmatu District Council, Sabah Jumaa told KirkukNow, “While Shalal Abdul appealed against the decision in Executive Court, the replacement decree for the new mayor was issued anyway.”

Abdul accused Zein al-Abideen of corruption, telling KirkukNow, “While he was the director of the health department in Salahadin province, Hasan Zein al-Abideen was dismissed due to corruption.”

He considered the replacement to be political.

However, Zein al-Abideen rejected the claim, “The legal case was resolved through the court as the head of the health department, which testifies that I am not guilty.”

Zein al-Abideen, a Turkmen, said the claim “is an effort by a specific party due to our appointment for mayorship”.

 

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