Arabs declare a new alliance in Kirkuk

January 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

Kirkuk- The United Arab Front declared in a press conference, January 12, 2019 Photo: KirkukNow

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Arab leaders and political figures have announced the formation of a new alliance in Kirkuk province with the aim of supporting the component’s rights and re-organizing their parties ahead of the upcoming provincial council elections.

The United Arab Front, which includes political and tribal figures, was declared in a press conference on Saturday, January 12th, following six months of deliberations.

Nazim al-Shimmari, coordinator of the front said, “The main objective of the United Arab Front is the participation in the upcoming provincial elections as well as defending the rights of the Arab component.”

United Arab Front  includes a number of leaders and political, academic and tribal figures

The elections have not been held in Kirkuk since 2005. They were scheduled for December 12, 2018 but were delayed until further notice due to ongoing disputes between the multi-ethnic groups of the province.

“We will work to unite the Arabs in Kirkuk ahead of the elections”, al-Shimmari added, indicating that “many parliamentarians have supported the formation of the front.”

The founding board of the United Arab Front consists of 51 members which includes a number of leaders and political, academic and tribal figures, among them council members and former MPs.

Al-Shimmari emphasized that “the front is self-dependent and is not supported financially by any political and non-political organizations.”

The majority of the Arab political parties had been gathered under a united alliance called The Arab Council in Kirkuk.

In the May 12, 2018 general elections the list was able to win 3 seats in the parliament.

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