Dec 05, 2014

Iraqi Turkmen: Concern for Limited Representation in Kurdish Institutions

Eleven Turkmen and Christian Members of the Kurdish Parliament decided not to participate in parliament sessions as they believe their communities are not sufficiently represented. This reaction was provoked by the recent establishment of the High Election and Referendum Commission, for which no representative of these components was selected, despite the guarantees contained in several regulations.

Below is an article published by WorldBulletin:

Turkmen and Christian deputies of the Kurdish Regional Government’s parliament in Iraq decided Wednesday [03 December 2014] to boycott parliamentary meetings as they feel unrepresented in key institutions.

Five Turkmen and six Christian members of parliament said in a press conference that they will not participate in the parliament’s meetings until their demands are fulfilled.

The decision was sparked after a move by Kurdish authorities not to include Turkmen and Christian members on the High Election and Referendum Commission.

The commission aims to drive Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous region towards independence.

Aydin Maruf, the Turkmen member of Parliament for the Iraqi Turkmen Front, told The Anadolu Agency that the nine members of the High Election and Referendum Commission were elected from five parties -- with no representation from the Turkmen and Christian communities.

Maruf added that the fifth article of the election commission's regulatory code states that two of the nine commission members must be Turkmen and Christian, but the other five parties have violated this provision.

“We want President Masoud Barzani to intervene and correct this mistake,” he said.

The autonomous Kurdish regional rule decided to establish the commission after the ISIL took control of large swathes of Iraq earlier this year.