On Friday, a leading Turkmen politician urged representation for his ethnic group in Iraq’s top government structures.
Minister for Component Affairs in northern Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Aiden Maarouf said that the Turkmen hope to have a share in the upcoming Iraqi government.
Differences between Iraqi political parties have hindered the formation of the Iraqi government despite more than four months since elections were held last October, Maarouf said, who is also a member of the executive bureau of the Iraqi Turkmen Front party.
In previous Iraqi governments Iraqi Turkmen were subject to marginalization in terms of their representation in the executive authority, he added.
Adding that the Turkmen should also have portfolios in the Iraqi government including in the positions of deputy prime minister and vice president, Maarouf said that the Turkmen were supposed to be represented in the Iraqi parliament leadership.