Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has further deepened tensions between Kurds and Baghdad, by replacing the vacant post of Kurdish Ministers in the Iraqi government.
According to information obtained by BasNews, Kurdish senior officials and ministers in Baghdad decided to boycott Iraqi cabinet meetings and not go back to the Iraqi Capital.
Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister Roz Nouri Shawez, said in a press conference in Erbil on Thursday that Maliki’s accusations that Kurds have provided a safe haven for terrorists, signals that Maliki is running away from responsibility of the current crisis.
’Such statements are meant to hide the big security fiasco by blaming others, and we announce our boycott of Cabinet meetings,’ added Shawez.
After the Kurdish decision, Maliki has ordered the vacant Ministry posts of Kurds to be filled as soon as possible.
Among the replacements, Maliki has asked Hussain Al-Shahristani, Iraq’s deputy prime minister responsible for energy, to fill the Foreign Ministry position replacing Hoshyar Zebari.
After Maliki’s accusations, the Kurdistan Presidency office responded saying that the Iraqi Prime Minister should quit his post.
“Maliki has been afflicted by a true hysteria and lost his balance as he tries as hard as he can to justify his errors and failure and make others responsible for it,” Kurdistan Presidency spokesperson Umed Sabah said from Erbil on Thursday.
He also said that Erbil is a refuge now for all those fleeing his ’dictatorship’ and called for Maliki to apologize to the Iraqi people for destroying the country.