World Bulletin / News Desk
President Fuad Masum on Monday called for keeping the oil-rich Kirkuk province out of the ongoing dispute between Baghdad and northern Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).
Masum made the remarks at a press conference held in Kirkuk following a brief visit to the Kurdish region.
“My visit to the province comes in hopes of keeping [Kirkuk] out of the problems [between Baghdad and the KRG], which could worsen if unattended to,” the Iraqi president said.
“We hope the events of Oct. 16 do not have negative repercussions on coexistence,” Masum added, referring to the date on which Iraqi forces assumed control of Kirkuk following the KRG’s illegitimate Sept. 25 referendum on Kurdish regional independence.
“We will do what we can to move past any negative effects of those events,” he said, going on to urge Kirkuk’s provincial council to elect a new governor at the earliest possible date.
In mid-October, Rakan al-Jabouri became Kirkuk’s first Arab governor since 2003 following the dismissal of former governor Najmiddin Karim.
Baghdad had accused Karim of violating Iraq’s constitution due to his stated support for the KRG’s illegitimate Sept. 25 poll.
Conservative bill was widely expected to fail in the chamber
Washington urges Moscow to reign in ally amid offensive in de-escalation zone
‘Koko touched lives of millions as an icon for interspecies communication and empathy’, Gorilla Foundation says
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says they will look into strengthening transatlantic bond in summit next month
Administration to no longer require immediate legal proceedings for undocumented adults who cross illegally with children
Trump administration makes request following backlash over its immigration policy
President says he will take ‘preemptive’ action to halt the actions that have drawn widespread criticism
Al-Sadr’s Sairoon bloc fails to form governing coalition with Al-Wataniya, National Wisdom Movement
Top Trump advisers arrive in Cairo after earlier stops in Jordan, Saudi Arabia
Official results of May 12 elections have been dogged by controversy
Muhammed Ebu Dekka was wounded by Israeli gunfire on May 14, says Palestinian Health Ministry
Protestors march from Bryant Park to United Nations headquarters
U.S. withdrew from UN rights council, accusing it of being hypocritical and biased against Israel
New rule is latest effort by Trump to dismantle former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act