Kurdish MPs have conditions to return to Baghdad

The Kurdistan Region representatives in the Iraqi parliament have decided not to go back to Baghdad.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The Kurdistan Region representatives in the Iraqi parliament have decided not to go back to Baghdad.

On Monday, the five Kurdish parliamentary blocs in the Iraqi parliament held a meeting in Sulaimani to discuss the possibility of returning to Baghdad to participate in upcoming Iraqi parliament sessions.

The Kurdish blocs released a statement following the meeting asking the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to take serious steps towards calming the government and ministerial cabinet turmoil.

The Kurdish blocs expressed their willingness for talks with all political parties in the Iraqi political process that aim to resolve the current political turmoil in the country, the statement added.

The report adds that the Kurdish blocs decided to join the current cabinet on the condition that Abadi met their demands. The statement also noted that if the Iraqi government meets their specific demands they may decide to return to Baghdad.

According to the statement, the demands included the resolving of disputed areas, the Kurdistan Region’s share of the national budget, and supporting Peshmerga forces.

These demands are documented and have been approved by the parliament, according to the MPS, and, therefore, they should be implemented.

On April 30, all the Kurdish MPs and officials escaped Baghdad and fled to the Kurdistan Region after hundreds of protesters affiliated with the Shia Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr breached Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone and stormed the Iraqi parliament building.

On May 1, the Kurdish blocs in the Iraqi parliament released a statement condemning the storming of parliament by protesters, stating that “such acts show that there is a party with a personal agenda behind it.”

The statement added that the Kurdish blocs “are against the imposition of any political agendas by any party,” noting that the events of April 30 “are a heavy blow to the political process in Iraq.”


Reporting by Baxtiyar Goran
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany