Here we are, the future of Iraq.
The new Iraqi assembly meets in about 2 weeks to vote for the nation’s new president and vice presidents (two veeps). The president and VPs will then vote for a prime minister, and the prime minister will “put together a government”, says the article above.
The president and his sidekicks must be elected by a 2/3 majority. The popular United Iraqi Alliance, the Shia party backed by Ayatola Sistani, has just over 50% of the assembly seats, and they’ve got a guy they want to be prime minister. Their most logical manuever would be to strike a bargain with the Kurdish Alliance, which has 27% of the seats.
So what do the Kurds want? The oil rich city of Kirkuk, and “a degree of autonomy which is close to independence”. As I have mentioned many times, Iraq’s neighbor Turkey is utterly opposed to these things, as it fears that they will incite a similar desire for independence/secession among its own Kurdish population. Turkey has already claimed that they are willing to use military force to prevent the Kurds from taking Kirkuk.
Will Iraq’s attempts at creating a new government end up breaking it into pieces?
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