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Iraq Turkmen warn of escalation in case demands are not met in Kirkuk

The Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) warned Friday of escalating protests in case the government chose to disregard the demands of Kirkuk residents.

Arshad al-Salihi, head of the ITF, has demanded in a press statement that Prime Minister Adil Abdel Mahdi must not skip Iraqi Turkmen officials and representatives in security and administrative positions.

Al-Salihi is an Iraqi Turkmen politician who has been leader of the ITF since May 2011.

Salihi further demanded urgent visits by ministers of municipalities, agriculture, health and interior to check on the overall situation in the oil-rich governorate and the various issues that it has been suffering.

Turkmen lawmakers in the Iraqi Parliament have warned that the city of Kirkuk is undergoing demographic change.

Salhi explained that Article 23 of the Constitution stipulates that infringing on public and private property for demographic change is rejected.

“Infringements continue by the political parties who do not live in Kirkuk,” he said, adding that “commercial and housing plots were distributed illegally to political parties” to change the city’s demography.