Political Crisis in Iraq
Kurdish President Massoud Barzani today demanded that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki and the country’s Shia leaders agree on sharing power with their political opponents by September or else the Kurds would consider breaking away from the Iraqi central government.
This is the second time in as many months that Barzani is strongly hinting at declaring independence for Iraqi Kurdistan because of what he terms as “dictatorship and authoritarian rule” by Maliki.
“What threatens the unity of Iraq is dictatorship and authoritarian rule,” Barzani said in an interview with AP. “If Iraq heads toward a democratic state, then there will be no trouble. But if Iraq heads toward a dictatorial state, then we will not be able to live with dictatorship” [AP, 25 April].
Barzani called the political crisis in the country “very dangerous” and said the impasse must be broken by September, when voters in the Kurdish region may consider a referendum for a state independent of Iraq.
“They have to decide if they are willing to accept to live under a dictatorial regime or not,” Barzani said. “They have to make that decision. It is their natural right.”