TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
Nineveh province within 2003 borders, Iraqi parliament votes
4:01 AM ADMIN
Currently, there are continued wrangling to administratively divide the province after its liberation.
In the mean time, the Shiite Sadrist leader Muqtada al-Sadr rejected the participation of the Popular Mobilization Forces in Mosul's battle, pointing that his forces are there due to the demand of the people and will not interfere with the operations of the Iraqi regular forces.
The Iraqi parliament regarded any change in the legal and administrative status of Nineveh province shall be "nil" and contravenes the Iraqi constitution.
Earlier, ex-governor of Mosul stated that talks are underway to divide the province into 6-8 provinces, after its liberation from Da'ish clutches that continued since June, 2014.
There are conflicts between the Kurdish region and Baghdad on some disputed areas in Nineveh province that accommodated Kurdish, Christian, Shiite and Izidi minorities, with moves to "annex" some areas to the Kurdish region in future.
Premier Haidar al-Ibadi rejected any move to divide Nineveh province, as officially stated earlier, pointing that its administration shall be handed to its people.