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