mardi 29 octobre 2013

Turkmen demand 8% of new Iraq Parliament

Turkmen demand 8% of new Iraq Parliament 

KIRKUK/ Aswat al-Iraq: The Turkmen in Iraq called to have 8% of the seats of the new Iraqi parliament; otherwise they will boycott the elections in Kirkuk elections.

Secretary of Turkmen Eli Party Sari Kahya, in a press statement, said today that this percentage is the "just" representation of the Turkmen in the coming parliaments, according to 1957 and 1977 census.

He added that 1957 census pointed out that the Turkmen were 10% of the Iraqi population, but decreased to 6% in 1977 census, "thus the 8% is a fair percentage".

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