ERBIL — The mayoral council of Daquq district in southern Kirkuk removed the mayor of the district under the pressure of the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi who took over the province on October 16.
Ameer Khwakaram, Mayor of Daquq, told BasNews on Tuesday “the mayoral council of Daquq has convened under the pressure of armed men and decided to depose me,” adding that he was informed about the decision by a phone call.
Khwakaram is a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), and the Daquq mayor position is the party’s entitlement.
The deposed mayor said he will not return to the district where the militiamen assault people and he is unable to do anything to prevent them.
“I have tried to serve all Daquq entities, but I cannot work under the power of militias, I’d rather work under the power of law and constitution,” he said.
The decision to remove Daquq mayor comes after the PUK member of Iraqi parliament Ala Talabani, one of the officials who handed over Kirkuk to Hashd al-Shaabi, said that they had reached an agreement with the militias over restoring the mayor to the position.
The Iraqi army, federal police, counter-terrorism forces, with support from the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias, took over the disputed territories on October 16.