The Democratic Self-Administration of Shingal rejects the agreement between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to install a new administration in Shingal district (the Ezidi-majority region in Nineveh), and deems it a “political move.” A demonstration to protest against it has been scheduled for tomorrow.
Haso Ibrahim, deputy of one of the co-chairs of the self-administration, in an interview with KirkukNow stressed: “We will not accept any agreement in any way if the people of Shingal are not consulted; this agreement is a political move which most of Shingal’s residents were not aware of.”
this agreement is a political move which most of Shingal’s residents were not aware of
The Democratic Self-Administration Council of Shingal was formed to administer the Shingal district. Their views are close to that of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), and it incorporates a number of Ezidi and Arab political parties.
Yesterday (Friday, 9 October 2020) the Iraqi Federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional government (KRG) agreed on installing a new administration for Shingal district, which they say is meant to normalise conditions in the district in terms of security and governing, and to facilitate the return of the IDPs (internally displaced persons).
The agreement stipulates that the Federal Police will be in charge of security within the town of Shingal, and the other armed forces will be deployed 5 km outside of it. And for basic services to be restored.
No new administration can be installed without the consultation of the people of Shingal
Haso Ibrahim said: “We in Shingal have so far managed to run our affairs and administer the district without the presence of institutions of the [federal] government. We have met to the political parties and the people of Shingal; everyone is against that agreement. No new administration can be installed without the consultation of the people of Shingal.”
To protest the agreement, a demonstration will be held tomorrow (Sunday 11 October 2020).
A source close to the YBŞ (Shingal Resistance Units; a militia close to PKK that was formed to protect the region from ISIS) told KirkukNow: “If the people of Shingal is against the agreement, then they [YBŞ] will also reject it.”
The Self-Administration Council is to release a statement on the issue today.