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Kurds’ priorities in Iraq not merely budget share: KDP senior official

Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Politburo Secretary Fazil Mirani (File)
2021-03-01

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SULAIMANI — Secretary of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Politburo Fazil Mirani said on Sunday (February 28) that the issues that are important to Kurds in Iraq are larger than simply their share of the federal budget.

“All Kurdish parties have struggled for the national cause, not the budget,” Mirani said in an interview with Voice of America (VOA).

He said that that his party, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the Change Movement (Gorran), and the Turkmen, Chaldeans, and Christians all are partners in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Kurdistan Parliament and are allied in support of “our country.”

Despite this, he predicted that there is little support for contesting the upcoming parliamentary elections as a united front because of the disunity of the Kurdish parties. He darkly ruminated that the parties would unite only if they faced a genocidal attack similar to those perpetrated by the Ba’athist regime.

Mirani said that whether Iraqi parties want it or not, Kurds are an integral part of the country’s political process, representing the second-largest ethnic group.

“If Kurdish parties were united, these fights against Kurds would not have happened,” he said.

(NRT Digital Media)