Kurdistan Regional Government
MON, 17 JUN 2019 01:39 Erbil, GMT +3

Prime Minister Barzani supports minority representation in Iraqi Provincial Elections Law

FRI, 10 OCT 2008 01:01 | KRG Cabinet

Statement by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani
Kurdistan Regional Government

The Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani today said that he fully supports the reinstating of an article in the Provincial Election Law guaranteeing that minorities are represented in Iraqi provincial councils.

Prime Minister Barzani said, “We must assure minority constituents that they will have a representation in our government. In a new Iraq, based on principles of federalism, democracy and pluralism, we must not allow smaller groups of citizens to feel alienated or separated. We must always remember that our government should serve its people and exists to protect their rights and promote their welfare. In the Kurdistan Region, we have been vigilant in protecting the interests of all minorities, which is one reason why citizens of all religions and ethnicities live in peace.”

The Prime Minister added, “The guarantee and protection of minority rights is a moral conviction we share with the international community, and should be the standard for all of Iraq. The Provincial Elections Law and all Iraqi laws should strongly reflect, and never contradict, this essential element of democracy.”

Prime Minister Barzani welcomed the Iraqi Presidency's request to parliament that it reinstate a deleted article that guaranteed provincial council seats for minorities. The Iraqi parliament had passed the Iraqi Provincial Elections law but removed from it the article on minority representation. Provincial elections are expected to take place next year.