Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani meets with the Iraqi election winner and head of Sairoon Coalition, Muqtada al-Sadr, in Najaf, Sept. 23, 2018. (Photo: KRG)
PM Barzani, Sadr discuss Iraqi gov. formation in Najaf
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Sunday met with the Iraqi election winner, Muqtada al-Sadr, to discuss the political situation and the process of forming the new federal government.
Barzani’s visit to Najaf came a day after meeting different Iraqi political leaders in Baghdad.
The Kurdish leader, who is also the deputy head of the Kurdistan Region’s leading party – Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) – and Sadr underlined the need to expedite the formation of the government to carry out its tasks, Sadr’s press office said.
Sadr, an influential Shia cleric, stressed the need to form a parental and national government in Iraq. He said the government should not discriminate against the different components in the country, but instead focus on fulfilling the demands of the people by providing services and improve the living condition in general.
The Kurdistan Region Prime Minister highlighted the need for a representational, balanced government, which would operate on consensus and rely on cross-sectarian partnerships to govern Iraq, in a way that includes all of the country’s components, Barzani’s press office stated.
According to the traditional system of power-sharing in Iraq, the prime minister’s post is held by a member of the Shia community, a Sunni Iraqi is speaker of parliament, and a Kurd holds the presidency.
Despite the elections being held in May, a mired vote-counting process and complicated political landscape have pushed the formation of a new government down the line. Competing factions have failed to reach an agreement and resume work to address the country’s growing public service and unemployment crisis, notably in the southern Basra province.
Iraq’s new lawmakers have only recently been able to choose a parliamentary speaker and his deputies, triggering the countdown for the constitutionally-mandated deadline of appointing the country’s next president and prime minister.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany