Kurdish-Arab Feud: Russians and Exxon Making Things Worse

By Abdul-Khaleq Dosky.

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

The tension between Iraqi Kurdistan and the leadership in Baghdad doesn’t seem to have diminished lately. NIQASH asked the Iraqi Kurdish why the Russians and Exxon Mobil are making things worse and why the planned national reconciliation conference won’t work.

For some time now, the important Kurdish bloc in the Iraqi Parliament has been at loggerheads with the current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s bloc.

Al-Maliki has been accused of consolidating power at the expense of other parties and not sticking to promises made when he formed his government in 2010. In fact, because of this, various political groups, including the Iraqi Kurds, came together earlier this year to make plans to oust him. These failed however and the most recent aim was to hold a conference for national reconciliation that would unite all political groups and get the country moving forward.

Over the course of the past year, Kurdish politicians have gone from demanding that the PM be removed from power to being the prime movers behind conciliation.

NIQASH talked to Muayad al-Tayeb, Baghdad-based spokesperson for the Kurdish voting bloc in Iraq’s federal parliament, about recent events that appear to have worsened the relationship between Iraq’s Kurds and the current Prime Minister recently.

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