Sulaimani’s threats and the financial crisis
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?