KDP and PUK reached agreement on VP position: member

Parties’ dispute delayed government formation
PUK Politburo member Saadi Ahmed Pira

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SULAIMANI — A member of the PUK's politburo has hinted that his party has reached an agreement with the KDP about creating a second vice president position and that the PUK would get one of the two.

“The reason for delaying the signing was about the protocol of forming a new government and came at request of the KDP because they have not ended it [agreement] with the Change Movement,” PUK Politburo member Saadi Ahmed Pira told Voice of America during an interview published on Monday (April 15). 

Piran went on to indicate that the PUK would be seated as first vice president.

“[The debate about] having a vice president for the PUK has ended, at least the PUK’s is not the second vice president,” Pira said.

In the past, there has only been one vice president. In February, the KDP and the Change Movement (Gorran) reached an agreement that promised the position to a Gorran member.

PUK officials have objected to a Gorran official becoming vice president, saying that, since the latter party has no armed forces, it should have no direct responsibility over the Region's security forces.

On Wednesday, the Kurdistan Parliament postponed a session that would have seen a vote on legislation that would have reactivated the Kurdistan Region’s presidency law.

The legislation has already undergone a first and second reading. It was unclear whether debate would need to be reopened in order to include legislative language related to the new position.

The original amending legislation was jointly submitted by the KDP, Gorran, and the reserved minority representatives and would give Parliament the power to elect the president, but would leave the presidency's specific powers undetermined until a constitution is written.

(NRT Digital Media)