Maliki Slams Barzani, Says A Country Cannot Be Made While Parliament Is In Recess

Maliki Slams Barzani, Says A Country Cannot Be Made While Parliament Is In Recess

 Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki slammed Masoud Barzani on Tuesday (January 31) for a recent statement regarding unilaterally declaring the independence of Kurdistan if Maliki ever held the country’s top post again.

During an interview with Kurdish Awene Newspaper, Maliki asked how Barzani can declare Kurdistan independence while the region’s parliament is in recess.

“Which law is in favor of declaring a Kurdish state while you have put parliament in recess, and prevented its speaker from entering Erbil [where the parliament building is located],” Maliki added.

Maliki accused Barzani of “seeking independence through propaganda and threats to unleash crises outside,” and that his motivation stems from “animosity towards a specific person.”

In an interview with Asharq al-Awsat published on January 23, Barzani said that if Maliki returned to the position of Prime Minister – a role the Iraqi official held between 2006 and 2014 – he would be left with no other choice than to announce independence.

In his remarks, Barzani tore into Maliki’s previous term as prime minister, saying the former PM was responsible for the murder of “thousands of people,” and governed as though the “sole ruler,” of the country.

“Such a statement is far away from political and patriotic logic,” Maliki added in his response to Barzani’s statement. “How a leader and politician can relate a state’s fate to someone’s return to a position? How is a country made with animosity towards a specific person?”