Kurdish Regional Government slams Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki

Monday, April 28, 2014

Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki's latest statements over federalism, the constitution and Iraq's political process angers Kurdish Regional Government

Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki's latest statements over federalism, the constitution and Iraq's political process angers Kurdish Regional Government

IRBIL, Northern Iraq - The Kurdish Regional Government on Monday called for the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to apologize to Iraqi nationals and retire from politics.

Umid Sabah, the spokesperson for President Massoud Barzani of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), slammed Maliki's recent statements in the media about the rights of Iraqi people, federalism, the constitution and the country's political process on a website statement.

Tension between Baghdad and Irbil has recently mounted further over the latter's right to export oil independently of the central government.

Sabah likened Maliki's statements to the former Baath regime, and underscored that they show "the revival of the oppressive ex-governance of Iraq which abused its own people for the past 80 years." 

"The Maliki government is the worst one in Iraq's history," Sabah stated, claiming that the eight-year government has left a collapsed Iraq behind. 

"Sectarian clashes have increased, people complain bitterly due to the bad economic situation and the Iraqi prime minister cannot absolve himself from this situation," added Sabah. 

He stated that security and welfare have failed and corruption in the country ranked first in the world. He also added that the health sector has collapsed despite the high income and budget, with people becoming poorer and human rights worsening. 

"The Iraqi government jeopardized unity of the country, and the Kurdish people now consider their partnership with the central government being ignored and the constitution not being applied," added Sabah.

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