Monday, October 02
Former head of the regional government Barham Saleh
Baghdad – Arabs today
The Supreme Council for the Referendum in Kurdistan decided to change its name after welcoming the reference of Ali al-Sistani to the dialogue, while launched in Sulaymaniyah on Sunday opposed to the President of the region Massoud Barzani, and is expected to establish a new party, led by former Prime Minister Barham Salih on Monday.
The Council, which oversaw the referendum and headed by Barzani, called itself the “Leadership Council of the Iraqi Kurds”, after it was expected to be named “Supreme Council for Independence”.The change of name is aimed at easing the signs of secession to begin dialogue with Baghdad, but at the same time confirmed the non-retreat from the results of the referendum.The central government continues to press the region and refuses to engage in dialogue with its leaders until they announce the cancellation of the results.
The Kurdish cities witnessed a slight increase in the prices of fuel and food, after Iran announced its intention to stop the oil trade with the region, and near the government’s receipt of the port of Haj Omran, which Baghdad wants Erbil to hand over, in addition to the port of Ibrahim al-Khalil with Turkey .
The Kurdistan government welcomed the first of Saturday, an initiative for dialogue with Baghdad launched by Vice President Iyad Allawi, but Prime Minister Haider Abadi rejected.He said close to him that he is still in the implementation of procedures for the recovery of land and air ports, in addition to Kirkuk oil in agreement with Ankara and Tehran.He reassured the Kurds that the decision to control revenues was to secure their salaries. “You are first class citizens, we will not allow you any harm and we will share the bread together,” he said. “We defend you and all Iraqis.He stressed that the decision to control revenues is to secure the salaries of employees in all regions of the region, so as not to go to the corrupt funds, and the decision to control the border crossings is not intended to starve the Kurdish people and impose a blockade on it.
In response to Abadi’s statements, the Ministry of Natural Resources in the Kurdistan government announced that Baghdad says that the total salaries of the employees of the region 460 billion Iraqi dinars, and is ready to be disbursed, but the monthly budget of 915 billion dinars, and paid 650 billion dinars per month to employees, Percent of the amount that Baghdad intends to pay, which basically does not recognize the Peshmerga forces, retirees, Asayish (security) and police, whose salaries reach 400 billion dinars a month.It seems that Abadi does not want to collect revenue managed by the Kurdistan government from the outlets and sell oil directly, and will prepare lists of imports and payments, to be presented to parliament.
With the easing of Arbil and its tone and challenges, and the continuation of the reactions of Baghdad described by the Kurdish political circles as violent and unexpected, announced in the city of Sulaymaniyah yesterday, the formation of a political trend, “new generation” to oppose the President of the Territory.The leader of the current Chaswar Abdul Wahid said that Barzani and his party seized power from other parties, and the result was to go to the option of the referendum is not studied, and added: The region was an undeclared state before that, but today is threatened with the loss of all earnings, including border crossings and oil, The character of Barzani and his party.
Barham Salih, who recently resigned from the National Union party, is expected to announce a new party called the Alliance of Justice and Democracy to compete with traditional parties that have harmed the interests of the people of Kurdistan.