Yousif Mohammed announcing his resignation from the post of parliament speaker on December 26, 2017 in Sulaimani. Photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Gorran’s Yousif Mohammed has been named the head of Nishtiman, the coalition founded by three opposition parties.
Rebwar Karim, spokesperson for the Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ), confirmed the news.
Mohammed was speaker of the Kurdistan parliament, but he resigned his position last month, a few days after his party, Gorran, declared its withdrawal from the KRG cabinet.
Gorran, Kurdistan Islamic Group (Komal), and the newly established CDJ announced on Thursday they would run in the upcoming Iraqi elections on a joint list in Kirkuk and other disputed areas. They named their alliance Nishtiman, meaning homeland.
The three parties jointly visited Baghdad last week to discuss Erbil-Baghdad relations with Iraqi officials, including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Mohammed submitted his resignation as speaker to the parliament on December 26, 2017, though it has not yet been approved by the legislature.
According to Article 16 of the parliament’s bylaws, the speaker is required to submit their resignation via a letter that will be put to a vote. The parliament will then vote to elect a new speaker.
Mohammed had been barred from entering Erbil in October 2015 when Gorran ministers were sacked amid tensions with the ruling KDP at the time.
Iraq is expected to hold parliamentary and provincial elections on May 12. The Kurdistan Region will also hold elections in the first half of this year, possibly before May.