A Kurdish political source has revealed reaching an agreement between the two main parties in Kurdistan over the Ministry of Justice, referring to agreement on nominating an independent figure from Sulaymaniyah or Kirkuk to the position.
“The two main parties in Kurdistan including Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) reached a common ground over the justice ministry of the federal government, which has been an issue of conflict,” the source said.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said, “the agreement was reached after round of talks and meetings between the two parties over the disputed justice minister. This would open the door for other agreements regarding the region’s government.”
The agreement, according to the source, “states nominating an independent figure for the ministry. This figure will be either from from Sulaymaniyah or Kirkuk.”
PUK had previously stressed insistence on taking the ministry as part of the electoral requirements by Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi. Meanwhile, PDK insisted that the ministry should be led by a Kurdish party after PUK obtained the president position.
PDK described its talks with PUK as positive, adding that the two sides were different regarding a resolution for the cabinet formation.
Maged Shinkali, former MP representing PDK said “the talks between leaders of the two parties on Wednesday were positive.”
The parties, according to Shinkali, “were in need for more time to reach a comprehensive agreement on the cabinet formation and the administration of Kirkuk.”
PUK “is trying to link all the problems, including Kirkuk administration, formation of cabinets in Erbil and Baghdad, but PDK has different viewpoints,” Shinkali said.