ERBIL — Iraqi Shi’ite politician and former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is using certain parliamentary blocs against Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum, said a Kurdish lawmaker.
Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament, Faris Brifkani, also revealed that Maliki has promised the political blocs and several MPs financial privileges and future senior positions for their battle against the referendum process.
He believes that the campaign is, for now, focused on Kirkuk as its governor — a Kurd — is becoming under fierce illegitimate criticisms from certain parties.
According to Brifkani, Maliki has also ordered the media channels close to his agenda to launch a campaign and provoke possible issues related to the Arab population of Kirkuk province.
However, the Kurdish lawmaker insists that such a move will remain fruitless for Maliki as the Kurds have made it clear that there is no turning back on their decision to hold the referendum on time.
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani announced on 7th June that the independence referendum will take place on 25th September this year to allow the people decide on their future: to stay within Iraq or establish a country of their own.