PUK close to agreement with Kirkuk’s Arabs and Turkmen on new governor

October 8, 2018 at 10:14 pm

One of Kirkuk's main streets near the Citadel, Photo by: Bnar Sardar

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The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), which won the majority of the seats in Kirkuk in the May 12, 2018 Iraqi general elections say they are close to forging an agreement with the Arab and Turkmen components to appoint a new Kurdish governor for the multi-ethnic province soon.

KirkukNow has learned that the PUK expressed readiness to make concessions on some administrative posts in exchange for assuming the post of governor.

Rebwar Taha, an Iraqi MP on the PUK list and representative of Kirkuk province told KirkukNow that negotiations between the three main components of Kirkuk started more than a week ago in Bagdad.

 “Significant progress has been achieved in regard to reaching an agreement with the Arabs and Turkmen over the appointment of a Kurdish governor which is the merit of the PUK in exchange for a number of higher posts”, he said.

Meanwhile a PUK leadership member said his party “plans to forge the agreement with the other components regardless of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)’s stance on the issue”.

Following last October’s return of Iraqi forces to Kirkuk and other territories disputed by Baghdad and Erbil, Rakan al-Jiburi, an Arab, was appointed acting governor of Kirkuk, replacing Najmaddin Karim.

KDP members of the Kirkuk provincial council have since boycotted the council’s meetings, citing security instability as an excuse.

The potential agreement between the PUK and the Arab and Turkmen components will ensure the quorum needed for council sessions to start and elect a new governor.

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