Winner bloc of provincial council elections appointed governor of Salahaddin

Ahmad Abdullah Al-Jiburi, also known as Abu Mazen, was appointed as the new governor of Salahaddin province.

By KirkukNow

Ahmad Abdullah Juburi, also known as Abu Mazen, the secretary general of the Jamahir al-Watania party, was elected as the new governor of Salahaddin on Sunday.

Juburi's party won four of the province's 15 seats in a coalition in the December 18 elections.

According to the press office of the Salahaddin provincial council, during the first meeting of the new provincial council, each of the governor and two deputies, as well as the speaker and deputy council were elected.

  Al-Jamahir al-Watania (National Masses) coalition, which included a number of Sunni Arab and Kurdish parties, won the election and formed a local government with several other Sunni parties, including the Siyada (Sovereignty) and Hasm al-Watani (National Decisiveness) coalitions.

The predominantly Sunni province of Salahaddin, about 135 kilometers north of the Iraqi capital, once home for Saddam Hussein, is under the control of Iraqi Security Forces ISF including the Shia-led paramilitary forces, the Popular Mobilization Forces PMF, known as al-Hashid al-Shabi.

Ali Sayed Adel was elected as the speaker of the provincial council and Mohammed Hassan Atiya as the deputy speaker.

According to the agreement, the governor will have two deputies, the first deputy for administrative affairs and the second deputy for technical affairs.

Abu Mazen, an Iraqi parliamentarian and Sunni figure in the region, has in the past opposed voices calling for a Sunni region, or the creation of a region for Salahaddin province.

The provincial council of Salahaddin consists of 15 seats, four of which will be reserved for women, according to the population (over 1.6 million people) and based on the latest amendments to the electoral law of the Iraqi parliament and provincial councils.

The Iraqi provincial councils were dissolved at the end of 2019 under the second amendment to the provincial council elections law, which was one of the demands of Tishreen (October 2019) protesters in Baghdad and several other provinces against corruption, demonstrations heavily targeted, left hundreds of civilians killed and thousands injured.

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