Kurds dis­agree with amend­ing con­sti­tu­tion

Kur­dis­tani Al­liance re­ject Ma­liki’s calls for amend­ing con­sti­tu­tion

The Kurdish Globe - - EDITORIAL -

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.

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