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Iraq

Abadi promises Mosul leaders decentralized governance after liberation

By Rudaw 26/7/2016
Abadi meeting political figures and government officials from Nineveh province. Official photo
Abadi meeting political figures and government officials from Nineveh province. Official photo

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—In a meeting with political figures and government officials from Nineveh province Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has promised that Mosul will be governed in a decentralized system once the Islamic State (ISIS) has been expelled from the city.

“The government’s policy is decentralization,” Abadi’s office said in a statement following the Monday meeting. “We are moving on that policy and insist to give the provinces irreversible authority.”

Abadi said that the military offensive retake Mosul from ISIS would be the easy part of the job, adding that “the difficult part will be after liberation,”
 
“So this requires a united voice and stance between all the entities and communities of the province,” his statement read.

“We have achieved important victories in the first and second phases of the battle,” he said. “Soon the Iraqi flag will be raise in Mosul, and we will be moving with the liberation plan.”

The Iraqi prime minister told his Mosul guests that included Nineveh governor, according to his office, that ISIS has exploited political differences and disputes to spread sedition in Iraq and that all sides should unite against the group.

Abadin insisted in particular on keeping the Sunni and Shiite militia groups known as Hashd from labeling and division across sectarian lines.

“The Hashd forces should not be divided among the tribes and parties in Mosul, because we want them to fight,” he said, adding that Mosul’s strength comes from its diversity.

The Iraqi premier said that the international community had promised aid packages to help Mosul get back on its feet after liberation.

“The international community promised to send aid packages and we are waiting for the fulfillment of those promises that started shortly after the credible victories achieved by our heroes,” Abadi said. “The world is optimistic that Iraq can take on the ISIS gangsters militarily.”

Comments

 
Muraz Adzhoev | 26/7/2016
Words from the "old song" written in the pseudo constitution of the deadly failed "democratic and decentralized" Iraqi federation. Iraq is collapsed and became irreversibly divided.
Ben Harrison | 27/7/2016
Listen to Haider's words of encouragement, for they speak a reality that the world supports the strength of Iraqis choosing a destiny of hope and peace. You have my belief that Iraqis can put a murderous governance to rest, so that a positive future can be made for the coming generations. Stay strong in your differences but do not forget the bond that links your souls.
bain | 27/7/2016
The current Iraqi constitution already insures these rights, but the Shia dominated central government never implements laws that doesn't suit them. All Abadi has to do is follow existing laws, but he will not just Malaki didn't and just like the next guy will not. This is a temporary tactic to get them on board for the upcoming assult on Mosul that's all.
Circassian 4Ever | 27/7/2016
This is a positive step in the right direction, but ultimately, confederation should be the end result.
Extreme | 27/7/2016
It does not matter,because Mosul it will be a part of the independence new nation call Kurdayeti(Kurdistan),and the same it will happen with Rojava too.It does not matter anymore if they give autonomy or not,because we will take our country back.Now only 2 parts,but in the future we will take all 5 five of them:Rojava,Bakur,Basur,Rojhilat,Khorasani. Biji Kurdayeti,Biji Melek`Taus.

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