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AA: Kurdish party rejects Baghdad-appointed Kirkuk governor

AA: Kurdish party rejects Baghdad-appointed Kirkuk governor

18 October 2017 | 18:17 | FOCUS News Agency
SULAYMANIYAH. A leading member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has criticized the recent appointment by Baghdad of a new Kirkuk governor, saying the party would soon appoint its own governor to the disputed oil-rich province, Anadolu Agency reports.

“Kirkuk’s current governor operates as a proxy,” Aso Mamand, the PUK’s main officer for Kirkuk, said at a Wednesday news conference in Sulaymaniyah.

He added: “Only the PUK has the authority to appoint governors of Kirkuk and will do so shortly.”

On Tuesday, Baghdad appointed Rakan Saeed, who had previously served as Kirkuk’s deputy governor, as the new provincial governor.

A day earlier, Iraqi forces entered Kirkuk city following the withdrawal of Kurdish Peshmerga forces loyal to northern Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).
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