Kurds disagree with amending constitution
Kurdistani Alliance reject Maliki’s calls for amending constitution
Kurdistani Alliance Bloc in the Iraqi Council of Representatives (Parliament) has rejected a call by the Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Maliki to amend the country’s permanent constitution, and argue that the document is a guarantee for overcoming the current crisis.
In a statement the Kurdistani Bloc announced through its official spokesperson Muayad Tayyib, the Bloc argues the constitution does not need to be changed or amended, and that the constitution is the best tool for resolving the current political deadlock. According to the Bloc, the reason Iraq is in a crisis is because the constitution has not been followed. The statement reads, “While due to the current political disagreements we cannot decree some of the very important laws such as the federal court law, oil and gas law and many others laws, how can we draft a new constitution or amend one?”. The solution according to the Bloc is in, “following and implementing the constitution, as well as ensuring that existing laws are appropriately followed”.
Maliki has called on the Iraqi political groups to amend the constitution in an attempt to put an end to the current political deadlock in the country. However, the amendment of the constitution is likely to exclude Kurdish and other ethnic groups. This is particularly obvious in that, the distribution of Iraq’s budget excludes minority groups, and therefore Kurdish people are given no reassurance that through amending the constitution their rights will be enshrined. On the contrary, it seems that the Maliki-led government wants to make changes within the constitution that particularly pertains to resolving certain issues that involves Kurdish people, such as Article 140.
At this stage it is unclear what amendments or changes Maliki wants to implement within the Iraqi constitution, but one thing is for sure, he does not have the support of Kurdish people. In the past months Maliki has threatened Kurdish people, and tensions between Baghdad and Kurdish authorities has fueled. It is therefore quite unreasonable for Baghdad to believe Kurdish politicians will be forthcoming in amending the Iraqi constitution.