Kurdistan Region President says issues in Iraq won’t be solved by changing one person

KRG delegation to visit Baghdad next week
Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani speaking in the American University of Kurdistan in Duhok in the Middle East Peace and Security Forum. Wednesday November 20, 2019 (NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — Commenting on the future of Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi, Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani said on Tuesday (November 26) that issues in Iraq would not be solved by changing one person.

Speaking to reporters following a meeting with Change Movement (Gorran) officials, Barzani said Iraq's challenges have long antecedents.

“Adil Abdul Mahdi has been the Prime Minister of Iraq for only one year and the issues are old issues. We do not think they will be solved by the change of one person,” he said.

Barzani added the Kurdistan Region would participate in amending laws that prevent the provision of services for Iraqis in general.

“Iraqis deserve a better life,” he noted.

Anti-government protests erupted in early October and have swollen into the largest demonstrations since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Security and medical sources said more than 340 people had been killed in the protests.

Barzani said a Kurdistan Regional Government delegation would meet their federal counterparts in Baghdad next week to discuss the region’s share of the federal budget for 2020.

The Iraqi and Kurdish officials reached an agreement to resolve on ongoing dispute over oil on Monday.

Minister of Oil Thamer Ghadhban told reporters that the Kurdistan Region had agreed to export 250,000 barrels of oil per day through Baghdad to Turkey’s Ceyhan next year in a belated implementation of the 2019 federal budget law.

Oil is just one of several persistent disagreements between the two governments, which also include security and the disputed areas.

(NRT Digital Media)