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Without Kirkuk governorship deal, PUK won’t participate in new KRG cabinet: official

259 days since parliamentary election
The Member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leadership Saman Garmiani (File)
2019-06-16

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SULAIMANI – Member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leadership Saman Garmiani said on Sunday (June 16) that his party would not take part in the formation of the new Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) cabinet without a solution to the Kirkuk governorship.

Garmian said on his official Facebook page that the PUK was not ready to take part in the new cabinet if the issue of selecting a new governor for Kirkuk would not be resolved.

“It was the decision from the PUK leadership signed unanimously,” he added.

NRT has learned that the PUK awaits the expected imitative by the KDP’s delegations in Sulaimani regarding selecting a candidate for the Kirkuk governorship, later it will decide whether to participate or not in the formation of the new KRG cabinet.

The Prime Minister-Designate Masrour Barzani said in a news conference following a meeting with the KDP political bureau that the agreements had been made for the distribution of the ministerial positions.

“Now we are receiving the names of the party's candidates for the positions in order to present the cabinet to the parliament on time,” Barzani said.

Barzani is due to arrive in Sulaimani in coming two days to meet with the PUK and the Change Movement (Gorran).

259 days have passed over the Kurdistan Region parliamentary election, but the new Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) cabinet has not been formed so far due to strife  between the political parties, more notably between the KDP and PUK.

(NRT Digital Media)