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Iraqi Kurdistan's ministries divided between KDP and PUK  25.8.2009 




August 25, 2009

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — According to the agreement of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan PUK and Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP 10 ministers will be KDP and 9 will be PUK. The new government will be formed by the PM Barham Salih. The PUK led by the Iraqi president Jalal Talabani and KDP led by Kurdistan region president Massoud Barzani.

The new government will consist of 21 ministries and will be divided between the two sides of the Kurdistani list with 10 ministries for KDP and 9 ministries for PUK, except two ministries for Turkmen and Christians.

The PUK and KDP have only agreed on the three important ministries, the others aren’t divided yet. The KDP will get the ministry of interior, ministry of peshmerga and the financial ministry will be given to PUK.

The Islamic-socialist Service and Reform list and the
Change list (Gorran) will not be part of the government and will formt he opposition. While it’s not clear yet if the Islamic Movement of Kurdistan and the Communists will participate in the government or not,www.ekurd.net but it remains a possibility if they will get the deputy of the minister or as the vice-director of a ministry.

After the PM-post Barham Salih is confirmed, the new government will be forming in 20 days. Sozan Shahab, speaker of Kurdistani list declared that at “1 September the Kurdistan parliament will start it's first session of the new term, at that time we will select the candidate of the PM and the Kurdistan regional president will give him the task to form the new government˝.

During the Kurdistan parliamentary elections the Change list got 25 of the 111 seats,www.ekurd.net while the Kurdistani list won 59 seats. The Change list vowed to remain an opposition group within the parliament and work for the upcoming Iraqi elections in January as a separate list.

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