Kurds and Sun­nis: key to suc­cess of new cabi­net

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Iraq has plunged into an ex­treme po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity chaos. It would fur­ther de­te­ri­o­rate if the newly des­ig­nated Haider al-Abadi failed to re­build trust among Iraq's ma­jor com­po­nents.

Abadi, who has been tasked with the form­ing of a new cabi­net, an­nounced that the new gov­ern­ment will strive hard to re­solve the se­cu­rity, po­lit­i­cal and fi­nan­cial prob­lems in the coun­try. The ques­tion is, will he suc­ceed?

Im­ple­ment­ing Kur­dish de­mands

The Kurds, Arab Sun­nis and Shi­ites were parts of Prime Min­is­ter Nouri alMa­liki’s gov­ern­ment. But he con­trolled all the sen­si­tive po­si­tions him­self and is­sued or­ders uni­lat­er­ally.

Ac­cord­ing to the Kur­dish and Sunni of­fi­cials, they did not have the least role in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process. They were not con­sulted about im­por­tant is­sues and their opin­ions were ne­glected.

Abadi should take the role of the Kurds and Sun­nis into con­sid­er­a­tion. They should have proper in­flu­ence in his gov­ern­ment.

There are many se­ri­ous dis­putes between the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment ( KRG) and Bagh­dad. One of the most sig­nif­i­cant is the bud­get, which has been with­held by the Ma­liki's Gov­ern­ment since the be­gin­ning of the year.

The new PM has to re­solve this is­sue soon. This is a mat­ter of must for the Kurds. Then he should lis­ten to other se­ri­ous de­mands of the Kurds, who have boy­cotted the cabi­net since with­hold­ing the bud­get.

The po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts say that the for­ma­tion of a cabi­net in Iraq has always been a very com­pli­cated is­sue. Abadi should ex­pect that the Kurds will have their own de­mands prior to join­ing the cabi­net like the bud­get, oil dis­putes, de­mands of ter­ri­to­ries and arm­ing and fi­nanc­ing Pesh­marga forces. The Sun­nis The Sun­nis are very frus­trated with the Shi­ite-led gov­ern­ment. They have also been marginal­ized in Iraq. They paid the price for what the for­mer Iraqi regime of Sad­dam Hus­sein, a Sunni, did against the Shi­ites. It seems that the Shi­ites think that this is an op­por­tu­nity to take re­venge. Ahmed Mis­ari, a Sunni MP, says that the Sun­nis are ready to as­sist Abadi in his mis­sion on the con­di­tion that he should lis­ten to the Sunni de­mands in re­turn.

He men­tioned the de­mands of the Sunni com­mu­nity and said that the Iraqi army has to stop bom­bard­ments of the Sunni cities im­me­di­ately, re­leas­ing the po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers, dis­solv­ing an­titer­ror law, stop op­press­ing the Sun­nis, al­low­ing them to run the se­cu­rity af­fairs of their prov­inces. They also call for cre­at­ing an au­ton­o­mous re­gion just like the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in the north.

Shi­ites happy to re­place Ma­liki

The Shi­ites also do not want Abadi to fol­low in Ma­liki’s foot­steps. A few weeks ago, at a mosque in Bagh­dad, a Shi­ite man dis­trib­uted sweets to peo­ple say­ing that the power of an­other Sad­dam has ended in Iraq.

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