Kirkuk provincial council fails to remove its acting head Rebwar Talabani

January 8, 2019 at 2:28 pm

Kirkuk- The empty meeting hall of the provincial council, January 8, 2019 Photo: Karwan Salhi

Karwan Salhi- Kirkuk

The Kirkuk provincial council meeting which was devoted to remove acting head of the council Rebwar Talabani from his post has failed due to lack of quorum.

The meeting was supposed to be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday January 8th, after 21 members in an advisory meeting at the end of last month called for holding a session to vote for removal of Rebwar Talabani, who has been in Erbil since he fled Kirkuk following the October 16, 2017 events.

(KirkukNow) correspondent confirmed that the meeting was not held due to lack of quorum.

Ahmed Askari, member of the council told (KirkukNow) that “the meeting was cancelled without any formal proceedings”, indicating that “the absence of the council members is a political issue.”

“Electing a new head for the council is critical because the acting head is not here and there are responsibilities bestowed upon the council including the overseeing of budget expenditure as well as following up the work of the government departments”, Askari added.

 He held all the council members responsible for the failure of the meeting.

 The Kirkuk provincial council has not convened for more than a year now, mostly because Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) members of the council who form a majority are boycotting the sessions.

Some of the council members who earlier called for the meeting backed away

Layla Muhammad, a member of the council on the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)’s list said, “Realizing the sense of responsibility, I came to attend the session but the meeting was cancelled due the lack of quorum and also because some of the council members who earlier called for the meeting backed away.”

In order to complete the legal quorum, at least 21 out of the 41 council members should be present.

Erbil- A press conference for acting head of Kirkuk provincial council Rebwar Talabani, October 8, 2018 Photo: Bryar Muhammad

The KDP members in the council have not returned to Kirkuk since October 16, 2017; meanwhile those of the Islamic Union of Kurdistan, whom Rebwar Talabani is one of its members, earlier decided to boycott the meeting.

 Furthermore, some Arab and Turkmen members who were in favor of holding the meeting backed away.

The efforts to elect a new head for the provincial council intensified after a Kirkuk court sentenced Rebwar Talabani for six months in prison in absentia.

The court’s decision has hindered the work of the council and delayed the allocation of the province’s local council’s budgets.

Rebwar Talabani assumed the post of acting head of council in 2014, replacing Hassan Turan from the Turkmen front who won a seat in the Iraqi parliament.

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