Kurds prefer decentralization in running
their Kurdistan region
October 28, 2008
BAGHDAD, — Kurdish lawmakers agree that the
decentralization system is the best model to run
Iraq’s Kurdistan region,www.ekurd.net
centralization encourages financial corruption,
bureaucracy, and hampers implementing projects.
Head of the Green List Kwestan Mohamed said her list
has rejected the draft law presented by the Kurdish
government to the Parliament last month.
“The provincial councils law envisages a lot of
centralization,” she said.
“The draft law presented by the government envisages
a lot of centralization, while the one presented by
the provincial councils has much more
We, a legal committee in the Kurdish Parliament,
support the decentralization administration not for
the provincial councils only but also for the
regions and districts too,” Mohamed noted.
President of Iraq’s Kurdistan region Massoud Barzani
visited the Kurdish Parliament last week in an
attempt to render the law a success.
According to information received by VOI, the
president discussed the bill and the parliament’s
chairmanship and the legal committee clarified their
She asserted the importance of not concentrating all
powers in the federal government, explaining that
the Sulaimaniyah provincial council knows the city’s
needs more than the Council of Ministers.
“The administrative corruption increases when the
power became more centralized,” she underlined.
For his part,www.ekurd.net
Nouri Talabani, an
independent lawmaker, expressed his happiness for
the most of the Kurdish lawmakers’ support to the
“The provinces should have the right to map out
their own plans in education, health and social
fields,” Talabani said.
Salar Basira, law professor at the Law and Political
Science Faculty at the Sulaimaniyah University, said
the provincial council in the democratic system
needs decentralization because it works not to turn
the federal government into a dictator and a
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