Expected amendments to the government formation of the Kurdistan region of Iraq

Expected amendments to the government formation of the Kurdistan region of Iraq

12-26-2022

Expected amendments to the government formation of the Kurdistan region of IraqErbil – The Minister of the Interior of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Reber Ahmed, revealed upcoming ministerial reshuffles in the government of Masrour Barzani, which he said would take place after the New Year holidays.

This came during a visit he made to Saint Joseph’s Church in the town of Ain Kawa in Erbil, to participate in the Christmas Mass.

Ahmed said, in a press conference, that “the establishment of peace in the Kurdistan region is still alive, and there are negotiations and discussions between the Kurdish parties to reach understandings that would generalize stability,” referring to the raging political disputes within the region.

He added that “the Parliament of the Kurdistan region will hold a special session to replace a number of ministers in the government cabinet, including ministers from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan bloc and the Kurdistan Democratic Party,” without specifying the names of these ministers.

He pointed out, “There is no problem with the candidates for the positions who will be replaced, especially since they will serve the citizens of the Kurdistan region.”

The disclosure of the ministerial reshuffle in the Barzani government, which is entering its third year, comes in light of many challenges, the most prominent of which was the continuous Iranian and Turkish bombing, the crises of high unemployment and poverty rates, the delay in paying employees’ salaries as a result of the budget crisis with Baghdad, and the continuation of the dispute that postponed the payment of the Iraqi government’s dues to the region. Finance within the annual budget.

Earlier this month, Masrour Barzani confirmed in a speech that his government was able to “pass a difficult stage without revenues. Not only did we borrow money and create burdens and responsibilities for future generations, but we also reduced government debt, and we recently repaid more than a billion dollars in loans.

He added, “Reforms in the financial and administrative fields and the implementation of the reform law, as a result of the reform process, contributed to a significant increase in internal revenues by 100 percent,” according to local Kurdish media in the region.

This comes with the continuation of the raging conflict between the Democratic Party and the National Union over governance in the region, especially in relation to financial resources, and international moves have recently emerged to contain this conflict before it takes a dangerous turn that enters the region in northern Iraq into new labyrinths.

For more than a month, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, Qubad Talabani, has refrained from attending cabinet meetings in the region, in protest against what he called the “uniqueness” of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, led by Masoud Barzani, in the power in Iraqi Kurdistan.

It is expected that the announcement of the new amendments will be a settlement that ends the boycott of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) ministers of government sessions, after the intervention of international mediation and others through the United Nations mission, to resolve the existing dispute between the two Kurdish parties.

After prominent members of the Patriotic Union threatened to resort to the self-administration system in Sulaymaniyah away from Erbil (the capital of the region), as happened in the nineties of the last century, the representative of the United Nations Mission in Iraq, Jenin Blaskhart, entered the mediation line and held a series of meetings with the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan .

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