Posted on September 21, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Politics
Salahaddin Mohammed Bahadin, the Secretary-General of Kurdistan Islamic Union KIU. Photo: NRT
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A call from Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for a proposed multi-party meeting to resolve the crises in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region “is of no use,” the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) leadership said on Tuesday.
The KRG Council of Ministers in a statement on Saturday called for a meeting with all the parties participating in the KRG’s cabinet and Kurdistan’s Parliament to discuss the KRG’s efforts for reform.
“The comprehensive meeting the KRG has called for is not in the interest of the situation,” the KIU said in a statement. “The government needs to take functional steps and decisions to meet the demands of the public and tackle the situation and we don’t see any use in participating in the meeting.”
The KIU said it awaits a “positive response” to a memorandum which urged for a change to the new austerity measure of withholding salaries to improve the livelihood of government employees.
The Kurdistan Region’s “delicate circumstance” needs to be treated with accountability and perception, the statement added.
The KIU is due to put the party’s withdrawal from the KRG to vote, a member of the KIU’s political council said on Sunday, amid the worsening crises in the region.
“The KIU will put the party’s withdrawal from the KRG as soon as possible,” KIU member Mustafa Abdullah told NRT, calling for a solution to the Kurdistan Region’s political and economic situation.
The Change Movement (Gorran) has also rejected a call from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to participate in a proposed multi-party meeting to resolve the crises in the Kurdistan Region.
KIU member Mustafa Abdullah also told NRT the KIU has yet to make a decision on attending a meeting proposed by the KRG Council of Ministers on solutions to the crises facing the Kurdistan Region. Abdullah said the decision “will be according to party members.”
The crisis erupted after Massoud Barzani’s term as Kurdistan President ended on August 20, 2015 but refused to step down and remains unofficially in office. According to the law in Kurdistan, Barzani cannot run for presidency anymore.
The Kurdistan Region was thrown into a political crisis in October 2015 after the five major political parties failed to reach an agreement on a law regarding the Kurdistan Region’s presidency as Barzani-led KDP insists that Massoud Barzani should remain president of the region.
The region’s parliament has also been in recess since Speaker Yusuf Mohammed Sadiq wasprevented from entering the Kurdistan Region’s capital city, Erbil, where the Parliament building is located.
Kurdistan PM Nechirvan Barzani has removed four members of his cabinet from the Change (Gorran) Movement on October 13, 2015 and were were replaced by KDP members.