Posted on August 11, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Politics
Mala Bakhtiar, a senior Iraqi Kurdish politician and the head of PUK Politburo. Photo: Bakhtiar’s FB
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A leader in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan PUK confirmed his party insistence on a draft of the four parties to resolve the outstanding political problems in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, which is to change the system of government to a parliamentary one.
Member of working body of the Political Bureau of the PUK Mala Bakhtiar said, during a meeting with the Leadership Council of the Federation, that the political situation and financial distress reached its peak and it requires urgent treatment before it is too late, pointing out that his party is still holding and insisting on the four parties project / PUK, the Change (Gorran) Movement, Kurdistan Islamic Union KIU, and Kurdistan Islamic Group KIG / to resolve political differences and outstanding problems, through changing the government from a presidential to a parliamentary system.
The crisis erupted after Massoud Barzani, whose term as Kurdistan President ended on August 20, 2015 but refused to step down and remains unofficially in office.
Massoud Barzani has led Kurdistan region as president for 10 years, from 2005 for two executive terms and his last term was extended in 2013 by ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and PUK for two more years on the condition that he can no longer run as president.
The main Kurdish parties failed to reach an agreement on the Kurdistan presidency as Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP insists that its leader Massoud Barzani should remain president of the region.
Last October Kurdistan PM Nechirvan Barzani has removed four members of his cabinet from the Gorran Movement and Kurdistan Parliament’s Speaker was prevented from entering Erbil city, since then the Kurdish parliament has been suspended. The expelled ministers were replaced with KDP politicians.
In March 2016 Massoud Barzani said I will not leave power until Kurdistan get statehood.
Barzani has been accused by critics of amassing huge wealth for his family instead of serving the population. Barzani’s son is the Kurdistan region’s intelligence chief and his nephew Nechirvan Barzani is the prime minister.
On the differences between Baghdad and Erbil, Bakhtiar said that the relations between Iraq’s federal government and the Kurdistan region is not particularly good and that the problems concerning the oil file and natural resources remained stuck without a solution.