Iraqi Parliament Speaker in Erbil to Discuss Security and Political Issues
Osama al-Nujaifi’s visit to Kurdistan is translated as the Shia and Sunni political parties’ disagreements reached deadlock.
As the political and security situations in Iraq have been mounted, the Parliament Speaker, Osama alNujaifi, visited Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Region, on Wednesday to discuss the recent happenings in the country with Kurdistan President, Massoud Barzani, and the Kurdish leaders. The recent attacks have made the people feel fear of the sectarian violence occurred in the country in 2006-7.
Nujaifi in his meeting with President Barzani, Nujaifi said that Iraq is on the brink of a huge war. He also expressed his worries about the tensions between the political parties.
Some say that the disagreements amid the parties cause escalations of the attacks and violence.
A before he visited Kurdistan, several explosions went off, killing 22 people and injuring dozens, according to news agencies.
Following the bombings, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki accused the armed groups. He pledged to resist efforts to “bring back the atmosphere of the sectarian war”.
He stated that he will change the country’s security strategies and personnel.
As the violence increased, the Iraqi parliament called off an emergency session to talk about the recent string of the violent attacks.
The parliamentary members loyal to Prime Minister Maliki boycotted the parliament’s session.
The tensions show how dysfunctional the Iraqi cabinet is. However, it also means the political solutions have reached a deadlock at the moment.
The Iraqi people have reached the belief that the government and the political leaders are to blame. They realize that whenever they oppose on an issue then it causes bloodshed and a sharp increase of the sectarian violence will be recorded. Violence in disputed areas A string of explosions hit the Kurdish disputed province of Kirkuk, 290 km north the Iraqi capital Baghdad. The blasts exploded back-to-back at a cattle market, killing six people and injured dozens, police officials say.
The recent wave of explosions and attacks has marked the period as one of the deadliest months over the past approximately five years.
Yet no party has claimed the responsibility for the on-going attacks, which comes as tension between the Shia Muslim majority, which leads the government, and minority Sunnis increases to grow.
Around 13 people were killed in bomb attacks in Kirkuk, exactly a day following a spate of explosions hit several Shia and Sunni areas of the country left about 70 people dead.
A blast also rocked the district of Tuz Khurmato, a mixed town including Turkmen, Kurds as well as Arabs. It is claimed by the Iraqi federal government and by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), which administer the semiautonomous region in the north.
Sectarian tensions have been increasing since Iraqi Sunnis started intensifying protests over what they say is mistreatment at the hands of Prime Minister Maliki's.
Mass demonstrations by Sunnis, which began in December, have basically been peaceful. However, the number of attacks rose sharply after a deadly security crackdown on a Sunni protest camp in northern Iraq on April 23.
Kurdistan Region President, Massoud Barzani, talks with Iraqi Parliament Speaker, Osama Nujaifi in Erbil last week
Kurdistan Region President, Massoud Barzani meets with Iraqi Parliament Speaker, Osama Nujaifi in Erbil last week