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.

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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

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