After Maliki Blames Kurds for Advances by ‘Islamic State’
Deputy Prime Minister Roz Nouri Shawez, the highest-level Kurdish official in the government, told reporters Thursday “such statements (by Maliki) are meant to hide the big security fiasco by blaming others, and we announce our boycott of Cabinet meetings.” (AP, 10 July)
Kurds also hold the Cabinet posts for foreign affairs, trade, health and immigration and displacement.
The move underlines the deepening split between al-Maliki and the Kurds.
Kurdish President Massoud Barzani said Maliki “has become hysterical and has lost his balance.”
“He is doing everything he can to justify his failures and put the blame on others for these failures,” the Kurdish presidency said in a statement posted on its website late Wednesday. It accused Maliki of destroying the country, and demanded that he steps down. (AP, 10 July)
Maliki’s rivals and some former allies accuse the prime minister of helping fuel the current crisis by failing to promote reconciliation with the country's minority Sunnis.
File Photo: Iraqi Cabinet Meeting chaired by Maliki in May 2014. (PMO.iq/rudaw.net)