Barzani and Sunni leader discuss post-ISIS Iraq politics

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ERBIL, Kurdistan Area – Kurdish President Masoud Barzani mentioned the way forward for Iraq in a gathering with the chief of a newly-founded Sunni social gathering that seeks better autonomy for Sunni areas. 

Osama al-Nujaifi, Iraq’s vice-president and the top of the United for Iraq or Mutahidun social gathering, mentioned with Barzani Iraq’s political panorama post-ISIS, subsequent yr’s normal elections, and “the hazard of the disappearance of the consensus and partnership,” a press release from the Kurdish presidency learn on Monday. 

 

Political consensus, versus majority-government, has been the premise of the formation of the Iraqi central authorities because the US-invasion of the nation in 2003. The association has meant sharing key governmental positions among the many nation’s parts.

 

The Shiite Nationwide Alliance, a coalition of Shiite events, at present holds the prime ministry and key ministerial positions together with the Inside and International Ministries. Sunni factions maintain the parliament speaker place and the essential Protection Ministry. Kurds have the presidency, however different key positions allotted to Kurds stay vacant, together with the Finance Ministry after its minister Hoshyar Zebari was voted out by the Iraqi parliament final yr. 

 

A brand new initiative, supported by former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, head of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s Dawa social gathering, seeks to kind a majority authorities. Kurds have strongly opposed this, seeing it as in opposition to the rules of the brand new Iraqi state.

 

The KDP has already introduced that they might boycott Iraq’s elections subsequent yr, an unprecedented transfer by a serious Kurdish social gathering not seen because the fall of the Baath regime 14 years in the past. 

 

Earlier than the overall elections happen, the Kurdistan Area plans to carry a referendum on independence. The vote is anticipated to be held within the fall and can embody disputed areas claimed by each Baghdad and Erbil, virtually all of that are situated in Sunni areas, together with Kirkuk and Nineveh.

The speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni politician, mentioned final month that they’re standing in full power in opposition to any undertaking that seeks to show Iraq into “small states,” saying those that need to accomplish that ought to search life elsewhere.

 

“Iraq is one and won’t be divided and anybody who seeks life outdoors this nation ought to begin in search of one other nation,” Jabouri mentioned in a convention in Baghdad held for Iraqi Turkmens and attended by different politicians together with Ammar al-Hakim, head of the ruling Shiite Nationwide Alliance.

 

“We will probably be completely in opposition to any concept of dividing or disintegrating the nation below any identify or excuse by this social gathering or that, hiding behind and utilizing the structure to justify their ambitions and turning Iraq into small states on the mercy of regional wolves,” Jabouri declared, not mentioning anybody social gathering.

 

Along with Kurdistan Area independence aspirations, some Sunni politicians from Mosul have known as for a regional authorities in Nineveh much like that of the Kurdistan Area.