MP Arshad al-Salihi, head of the Turkmen Front, has asked Kirkuk’s local government not to stand in the way of launching Hawija liberation operations, a statement revealed on Tuesday.
In the statement, al-Salihi said that Kirkuk’s local government has to cooperate with the central government in the security coordination mechanism and it should not object to Baghdad’s plans for retaking Hawija.
Neither national reasons, raising Kurdistan Region’s flag over Kirkuk Governorate nor the region’s independence referendum were behind demands for dismissing Kirkuk’s governor, he noted.
He also pointed that that financial and administrative corruption charges were behind these demands, stressing that the Integrity Commission is the body that is responsible for deciding whether the governor is convicted.
We will hold discussions with Kurdistan leaders to prevent igniting sectarian strife in the region and cancel the referendum in order not to enter an endless maze, al-Salihi further stated.
Under the law, all Kirkuk Governorate’s decisions have to be consensual, he said.
He added that the provincial council is not authorized to take such decisions, referring to independence referendum.
Currently, necessary preparations are under way to recapture Hawija in Kirkuk Governorate from the terrorist group.
On Sunday, sources revealed that ISIS terrorists were massively withdrawing from their stationing points in the city.
This comes after War Media Cell said on Saturday that additional federal police forces left Baghdad heading towards Hawija.