Halabja to be a new governorate in Iraqi Kurdistan
Following Kurdish prime minister, Nechirvan Barzani’s visit to Baghdad, Iraq’s prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has agreed to make Halabja its own governorate in the Kurdistan Region.
“Today, the majority of the ministers in the council meeting voted in support of recognizing Halabja as a new governorate in Iraqi Kurdistan,” said the minister of trade, Dr. Khairullah Hassan.
The administrative board will be determined by the council of ministers, which is likely to include Sharbazher, Said Sadeq, and Penjwen towns.
The president of the Kurdistan Region, Massoud Barzani, had requested the council of ministers to confirm the recognition of Halabja’s governorate.
The final recognition of the creation of the governorate has to be made in the Iraqi Parliament in order to be implemented.
“We will do our best to collect votes in support of Halabja governorate in the parliament of Iraq,” concluded Hassan.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has recognized Halabja as a new governorate in the territory of Kurdistan region in June, but the decision has to be approved by the Iraqi Parliament to be recognized officially.