– Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) put forward a candidate to replace the Governor of the city of Kirkuk Karim Najmaldin after Iraqi President Fuad Masum has signed the decree about his resignation, said on Wednesday the Kurdish TV channel “Rudaw”.
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According to him, PSK nominated a member of the Politburo of the party of Ali Rizgar candidate for the post of Governor of Kirkuk.
In September, the Iraqi Parliament accepted the resignation of Karim, who supported the independence of Kurdistan, but he said that the Parliament had no such authority.
On October 16 Iraqi forces entered Kirkuk province, taking control of key infrastructure and oil fields. Kurdish militias left the city of Kirkuk after the appearance in the city of Iraqi forces.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi has ordered the withdrawal of all armed groups, including government forces from Kirkuk.