Decentralization 'a factor for PUK to stay in cabinet': Co-President
Lahur Talabany, Co-President of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), speaks during an interview with Reuters journalists in Sulaimani, Iraq February 15, 2017. Picture taken February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Decentralizing the current model of governance in the Kurdistan Region is the factor for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to stay in the ninth cabinet, said PUK Co-President Lahur Talabany on Monday (March 15).
“The current political behavior in the Kurdistan Region will harm our people in the first place." Lahur Talabany said after a meeting with the Syndicates of PUK's Organizational Bureau in Sulaimani.
Several officials and political parties in Sulaimani governorate, including the PUK and the Change Movement (Gorran) have thrown their support behind the decentralization of the powers from Erbil to other governorates.
Talabany said PUK is determined on its demand for decentralization which he said will bring about better and more services for the people of Kurdistan Region.
“I reiterated that decentralization strengthens Kurdistan Region’s entity and maintain equality and balance between all the provinces, through which a better and more services would be provided for the Kurdistan Region’s citizens,” Lahur Talabany wrote on his official Facebook account.
PUK Co-President and Syndicates of PUK's Organizational Bureau discussed political and economic issues in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, as well as the preparations for the upcoming Iraqi elections.
Iraqi parliamentary elections were scheduled by the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi for June 2021, then it was postponed for October after a decision from the Council of Ministers last month.
Lahur Talabany “called upon them [Syndicates] to prepare themselves for the next election with comrade’s soul, especially in Kirkuk and the disputed territories.”
Earlier on March 3, Sulaimani Provincial Council refused two decisions recently issued by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), which it said “are against the regulation of decentralization.”
“This is against the decision of the prime minister [Masrour Barzani], the Council of the Ministers and the government’s agenda,” Head of Sulaimani Provincial Council Azad Mohammed Amin said.