Politics & Economics

Government Formation Talks Delayed At Request Of PUK

Iraq

On Monday January 7th, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) announced that it would be delaying a planned meeting to discuss the formation of the new government with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) announced on Monday night (January 7) that it would be delaying a planned meeting to discuss the formation of the new government with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which would have taken place on Tuesday.

The meeting was not immediately rescheduled, according to PUK-affiliated media.

“We do not know why the PUK has postponed the meeting again. They have only told us that they would not be ready for tomorrow,” a KDP source said on condition of anonymity.

The source added that they expected the new government to be formed by the end of the month.

Earlier, Commander of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s (PUK) Brigade 70 Sheikh Jaafar Sheikh Mustafa said that the politburos of two parties were going to meet for government formation talks on Tuesday.

The meeting has already been delayed once.

KDP president Masoud Barzani and PUK first deputy secretary general Kosrat Rasul had been set to chair the meeting, which had raised expectations of a breakthrough.

The meeting would have come in the aftermath of a mutually embarrassing series of tit-for-tat, politically motivated arrests. Each party unlawfully arrested rival cadres, before releasing them on Sunday.

The KDP delegation responsible for negotiating with the other parties was due to meet with both the Goran Movement and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Sulaimani on Monday, but the meetings did not occur.

According to information obtained by NRT Digital Media, the KDP has agreed to give the positions of the Kurdistan Parliament Deputy Speaker, Deputy Prime Minister, and four ministries to the PUK.

The PUK, however, has specifically demanded the post of minister of interior. If the KDP refuses to acquiesce on that point, the PUK will ask for a co-equal deputy minister in that department, according to the information.

PUK leadership member Arez Abdulla said his party might not participate in the new cabinet and that the KDP may instead form a government with Gorran or another party.

The Kurdistan Region held a parliamentary election on September 30. Although lawmakers have been sworn it, the Kurdistan Parliament has so far failed to elect a speaker and two deputies.

The speaker of the first session of the parliament Reving Hiruri, who is the eldest member of the parliament, said that several parties had asked him to postpone that vote until they reach an agreement over the issue.

Image: NRT

Article: NRT