Na­tional Al­liance Bloc pre­vents Kur­dish from be­com­ing an of­fi­cial lan­guage in Iraq

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

A Kur­dish mem­ber of the Kur­dis­tan Al­liance Bloc in the Iraqi Coun­cil of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives says Na­tional Al­liance Bloc MPs op­posed the idea of rec­og­niz­ing Kur­dish as an of­fi­cial lan­guage in Iraq dur­ing the par­lia­ment de­bate on the of­fi­cial lan­guages draft law on 22 Oc­to­ber, 2013.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr. Riz­gar, the dis­cus­sion on the draft law was put on hold as a re­sult and post­poned for a fu­ture date.

“Ac­cord­ing to Ar­ti­cle 4 of the Iraqi Per­ma­nent Con­sti­tu­tion, there are two of­fi­cial lan­guages in Iraq: Ara­bic and Kur­dish,” said Riz­gar. “How­ever, the Na­tional Al­liance Bloc ham­pered the im­ple­men­ta­tion of this con­sti­tu­tional ar­ti­cle.”

Dr. Riz­gar also added that, with the ex­cep­tion of the Na­tional Al­liance Bloc, all the other blocs in par­lia­ment were in agree­ment on rec­og­niz­ing Kur­dish as an of­fi­cial lan­guage in Iraq along with Ara­bic.

Fol­low­ing the ap­proval of the con­sti­tu­tion, the Kur­dish lan­guage has be­gun to be used on a very small scale as an of­fi­cial lan­guage in Iraq. Re­cently, Iraqi Pass­ports were changed to in­clude Kur­dish in ad­di­tion to the orig­i­nal Ara­bic and English. How­ever, there is still a lot more work to be done to make Kur­dish lan­guage an of­fi­cial lan­guage and bring it up to the level of Ara­bic in the coun­try.

If ap­proved, the draft Law on Of­fi­cial Lan­guages would de­fine the steps re­quired to es­tab­lish Kur­dish as an of­fi­cial lan­guage in the coun­try.

A hand raises the new trilin­gual Iraqi pass­port among a crowd.

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