Following a meeting between the members of the council’s presidency with head of the blocs, Hama Amin said at a news conference that the decisions are against the decentralization process, which “is the agenda of the Prime Minister Masrour Barzani’s cabinet.”
According to the official, the KRG Interior Ministry issued a decree on February 22 to form a committee of six members from Erbil’s Civil Defense Institute.
The committee has absolute power to authorize certificates to buildings, hotels, malls and motels.
“This is against the regulation of decentralization,” Mohammed Amin said. “This is against the decision of the prime minister [Masrour Barzani], the Council of the Ministers and the government’s agenda.”
“We will more follow up on it accordingly and later we will give our views to the relevant sides.”
He also said that the authorization should be retained with the local directorates rather than being relocated to the central authorities in Erbil.
The second decision issued by the KRG Department of Foreign Relations has been sent to the Sulaimani Ratification Office and Sulaimani Chamber of Commerce and Industry, calling on the offices to send certificates ratified by them to their counterpart offices in Erbil.
“The decisions are aiming to weaken the Sulaimani’s governorate and increase disputes among the governorates, if not, there are many capable people in Sulaimani. If they are not stronger than those people [in Erbil], they are at the same level in capacity and expertise.”
Several officials and political parties in Sulaimani governorate, including the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Change Movement (Gorran) have thrown their support behind the decentralization of the powers from Erbil to other governorates.
PM Barzani himself has said many times that the devolution of the powers is one of the main agenda of his government cabinet.