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stay or go? iraq's kurdish MPs debate leaving govt. again

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The country’s Kurdish MPs are not happy with the PM Nouri al-Maliki. They are boycotting Parliament. But should they bail on the government altogether?

 

The relationship between the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan and the Iraqi government in Baghdad was never a simple one at the best of times. But over the past few weeks it has been becoming far more complicated.

 

Recently Kurdish MPs went back home – they withdrew from Iraqi parliamentary proceedings and are said to also be considering leaving the ruling coalition they’re in, together with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s own party and others, altogether. Recently meetings were held in Iraqi Kurdistan to discuss how Iraq’s Kurdish politicians should proceed.

 

Over the past six months several events have pushed the Kurdish MPs toward boycotting parliament. The disputed territories, as they are known, continue to be a problem. That is, there is land in the country that Iraqi Kurdistan says belongs to Iraqi Kurdistan but which Baghdad says belongs to Iraq. However in reality, the Iraqi Kurdish have been able to, at least partially, control some of these areas, as their military have remained in charge there. Which is why the setting up of an Iraqi army base – the Tigris command centre - in one of the most disputed territories, Kirkuk, caused a military standoff.

 

And most recently there has been the issue of the national budget for 2013. Iraqi Kurdish MPs are critical about the funds allocated to them for, for instance, their own armed forces (the Peshmerga) and the share of money coming into Iraq via foreign oil companies working in their part of the country.

 

Despite boycotts of the session by a number of parties, including the Iraqi Kurdish MPs, Prime Minister al-Maliki managed to cobble together a very small majority and ratify the budget in early March. Needless to say, his critics – which included both Iraqi Kurdish MPs and the oppositi. n Iraqiya bloc were not pleased. 

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Hiwa Barznjy | Erbil | 04.04.2013

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2013-04-05


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