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KIU has not decided whether to withdraw from Halabja, Sulaimani governments: member

2020-09-30

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SULAIMANI — Halabja Deputy Governor Kawa Ali said on Tuesday (September 29) that his party, the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU), has not decided to withdraw from the local governments of Sulaimani and Halabja, and that it thinks it is better to stay in its positions.

“If they decide to withdraw, I will submit my resignation one hour later,” Ali said in an interview with the Voice of America (VOA).

On September 21, the KIU grouping in Duhok Governorate withdrew from the Provincial Council and handed over all of its positions to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

The withdrawal was apparently prompted by KIU lawmakers in the Kurdistan Parliament signing a letter along with other opposition parties calling on Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani to appear before the legislature and answer questions about cuts to public sector salaries.

“Our participation in a local government does not mean that we must sit silently and not say anything,” he said, adding that even if a member of his party becomes Prime Minister, he would still speak up and criticize the shortcomings.

Ali also denied that one of the demands of the governorate’s officials to Iraqi Prime Mustafa during his visit to Halabja had been transferring the salaries of the governorate’s public servants to the federal government.

The KIU has eight positions in the Halabja government, including deputy governor for technical work.  

(NRT Digital Media)