Su­laimani’s threats and the fi­nan­cial cri­sis

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By | Gazi Has­san

At the end of last week, of­fi­cials of Su­laimani Prov­ince is­sued threats to KRG that if the prob­lems were not solved within 15 days, they would make a de­ci­sion to pun­ish the govern­ment and con­sider their self-au­ton­omy. This is clearly not the first time that some par­ties in­side Su­laimani have wanted to use that po­lit­i­cal card as pres­sure against Er­bil, mainly for pro­vok­ing peo­ple, im­pos­ing fur­ther po­lit­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal em­bargo for the less­en­ing of the role and im­por­tance of the govern­ment. They’re right, be­cause the Re­gion is fac­ing a more se­ri­ous cri­sis even than ISIS, which Gor­ran, some of PUK and the Is­lamists in­tend to vi­su­al­ize that the crises have emerged as a re­sult of the KRG’s in­ter­de­pen­dent oil pol­icy, while they all do know that the pol­icy had started when AlMa­liki was still in power and ex­tended to Al-Ab­badi’s era, with­out deny­ing the re­gional role in this re­spect.

Su­laimani’s threats for pun­ish­ing the KRG is a po­lit­i­cal pun­ish­ment. Be­cause ev­ery­one, even the for­eign­ers know that the fi­nan­cial and eco­nomic crises are out of the KRG’s con­trol. The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has at­tempted to gain its in­de­pen­dent fi­nan­cial source within the Iraqi con­sti­tu­tion, and AlAb­badi govern­ment has ad­mit­ted to this fact, but as Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties want to de­form the facts for the fa­vor of their ide­ol­ogy by stand­ing against it, the Shi­ite groups and par­ties too want to turn the in­de­pen­dent sale of oil into an “eth­nic, na­tional and sec­tar­ian” mat­ter against the Re­gion. Through this per­spec­tive, the crit­ics and those who stand against this process, whether Kurds or Arabs, have unified their dis­course and are di­rect­ing it against the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion with a great force.

De­cen­tral­iza­tion is one of the ad­min­is­tra­tive forms of gov­ern­ing, but does Su­laimani Prov­ince re­ally dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween po­lit­i­cal sep­a­ra­tion and ad­min­is­tra­tive de­cen­tral­iza­tion? In such steps, they should’ve thought about the neg­a­tive out­comes and po­lit­i­cal dis­grace. The na­tional mat­ters have been trans­formed that some or­di­nary peo­ple and even the aca­demi­cians, away from the me­dia and the of­fi­cial meet­ings, con­sider split­ting back into two ad­min­is­tra­tions as a suc­cess­ful so­lu­tion to the po­lit­i­cal prob­lems. The Gor­ran Move­ment and the sup­port­ers of its ide­ol­ogy in­side other par­ties have man­aged to con­vince peo­ple of pun­ish­ing the govern­ment, fail­ing in the process of oil in­vest­ment and split­ting back into two ad­min­is­tra­tions which the prom­i­nent mem­bers of Gor­ran are claim­ing on the me­dia pub­licly, us­ing threats un­der the pre­text of serv­ing the peo­ple and the na­tion.

It’s un­be­liev­able that the po­lit­i­cal logic and mind has reached to so low level that it ac­cepts at one time split­ting the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion into a new re­gion in Su­laimani and an­other one in Kirkuk. Be­cause this will not only be a po­lit­i­cal split of the forces, but also a shat­tered ge­og­ra­phy and na­tional dream, fad­ing away the dream of a free Kur­dis­tan. Haven’t they thought that this could be an­other step for de­feat­ing the power and ex­is­tence of the PUK in Su­laimani and Kirkuk?

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