By Qassim Khidhir Hamad.
There has been an ongoing conflict between Iraqi Kurdistan and the rest of Iraq. But the representative of a major Shiite Muslim political party says that there won’t be a war – and speculates that the current PM’s days in power are numbered.
Bashir Adel Gli is the representative of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, one of the most important political organizations representing the interests of Iraq’s Shiite Muslims, in the semi-autonomous state of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Gli discusses the relationship between the Shiite Muslims of Iraq, one of the two major sects in the country, and Iraq’s Kurdish ethnic minority.
The Kurdish control the semi-autonomous state of Iraqi Kurdistan and have their own military, legislative system and local government. And recently the authorities there have been coming into more conflict with those from Baghdad; in particular, a recent stoush in one of the disputed areas of the country has made headlines as both sides have sent more troops into the area.
The disputed areas are controversial in Iraq because the Iraqi Kurdish say they belong to Iraqi Kurdistan whereas the government of Iraq, which is dominated by Shiite Muslim parties, claims them for their own.
The most senior Shiite Muslim clerics have already appealed for calm and Gli talks about how it would be very difficult for the Shiite Muslim Prime Minster, Nouri al-Maliki, to go to war without their approval. The senior Shiite Muslim politician also discusses where he thinks the Iraqi government is going now and whether al-Maliki will be able to stay in power.