Sunday, 25 July 2017
A whirlwind of controversy irrupted in Iraq as former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's minions made some disturbing announcements about the fate of Kurdistan people in Iraq after their upcoming referendum.
This controversy began this week during a televised interview as Maliki's State of Law Coalition member Sa'ad al-Matlabi commented on the upcoming Kurdistan independence referendum.
"If they (Kurdistan) carried out this referendum, they have to know that no Kurds will remain in any governmental positions in Baghdad," Matlabi said.
"All Kurds will be stripped away of their Iraqi nationality, all Kurdish business in Baghdad will be halted, they won't have any right whatsoever to conduct any business in Iraq," he added.
These comments sparked outrage throughout Iraq as many political figures responded to these announcements that only seeks to inflict more political strife and suffering in Iraq.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's media office responded to these announcements by saying that he condemns these comments and is abhorred by them.
He asserted that these hateful comments only result in destabilizing public security, spreading hate and racism among the people of Iraq.
National Alliance leader Ammar al-Hakim also condemned what he called 'irresponsible' comments that seek to damage Iraq's dignity.
He also defended Kurds rights as they are a part of Iraq according to the constitution.
In a statement, the National Alliance said that in the time that Iraq is about to vanquish ISIS terrorists, some try to spread sedition, separatism between Iraqis.
Several analysts told the Baghdad Post that these statements only seek to intimidate Kurdistan from carrying on their right to decide their fate.
They also asserted that these statements were made under the orders of Iran that seeks to further its influence and control over Iraq.
This comes as Iran reportedly tries to execute its Shiite crescent in the region to carve a way from Tehran to Iraq, Syria and ends up in Lebanon to carve a way into the Mediterranean Sea.
On 7th of June 2017, Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani met with Kurdistan political parties' representatives and other senior officials.
They decided to hold an independence referendum on 25th of September and general elections on 6th of November .
Earlier, Barzani said the referendum on the region's independence would definitely held on 25 September, adding the move would prevent "bloody wars in the region".
Barzani said in an interview that "coordination with the Peshmerga forces is excellent at the moment but this does not mean that the situation will remain the same."
"The referendum will prevent disasters in the region, I do not know when, but the current relationship between the Peshmerga and Iraqi forces will not last forever, we do not want bloody wars," Barzani added.
"Tomorrow I will not be here and so is Iraqi PM Haidar Abadi, that is why we have sources of concern because there is a mentality in Baghdad that rejects the partnership, this opens the door to wars on borders, so we decided to take advantage of the current environment to hold the referendum," he said.