“The Council decided to register a complaint with the Federal Court against the former and current Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Haidar al-Abadi, because of their failure to implement Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution over the past ten years.
Article 140 of the Iraqi permanent constitution addresses the problem of the disputed areas by means of a mechanism that includes three stages that begin with normalization, pass the census and conclude with the population referendum. A time limit has been set for implementing this article, but it has not yet been implemented.
In this regard, the legal lawyer of the Kirkuk Provincial Council Karwan Osman said in a press statement that it was necessary to implement Article 140 since 10 years as a constitutional article is enforceable, but the successive federal governments did not implement it and did not take any step in this regard, so the Kirkuk provincial council decided to register a complaint with Federal Court against the former and current prime ministers Nuri al – Maliki and Haidar Abadi.
Othman added that the Kirkuk Bar Association is scheduled to file a complaint with the Federal Court and for this purpose he was assigned to this matter, but they have not recorded the complaint so far and they will do so soon, he said.
He also confirmed that the reason for registering the complaint is that the Iraqi government did not implement Article 140 without any justification.
This step comes at a time when the Kurdistan Region to include the referendum on the independence of Kurdistan disputed areas between Arbil and Baghdad because of the failure to implement Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution, which is scheduled to be held on September 25 next.