Iraq's President Urges Upholding Of Constitution In Wake Of Kirkuk Flag Vote

Iraq's President Urges Upholding Of Constitution In Wake Of Kirkuk Flag Vote

 Iraqi President Fuad Masum called on all parties in Kirkuk to abide by Iraq’s constitution, two days after Kirkuk Provincial Council approved a request to raise the Kurdish flag over government premises.

“Article 140 [of the Iraqi constitution] must be fulfilled rapidly in Kirkuk and other disputed areas,” Masum said in a statement on Thursday (March 30), accusing former Iraqi governments of failing to abide by the article.

Masum said all the former governments have been reckless since 2005 in abiding by Article 140 of the constitution, adding that “All the Iraqis must continue together to free all the lands of Iraq from terror.”

The Iraqi President’s statement comes after Kirkuk Provincial Council members voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday (March 28) in favor of raising the Kurdistan flag over official buildings during a meeting that was boycotted by Turkmen and Arabs.

Supporters of the Turkmen Front in Kirkuk protested against the decision on Wednesday, taking to the streets and shouting “no for violation of the constitution and law.”

Saad al-Hadithi, spokesman for Iraq’s premier, told that the absence of Arab and Turkmen blocks from the Kirkuk Provincial Council meeting on the decision to raise the Kurdistan Region’s flag in the Kirkuk Governorate was a violation of the Iraq’s constitution.