ERBIL — A Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament stated that the Iraqi former PM Nouri al-Maliki’s recent statements against Kurdistan Region and Peshmerga are an attempt to cover his political failures in the country during his two-term reign.
Zana Rostayi, a Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament from Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG), told BasNews “As we are approaching the elections (in Iraq), such remarks will appear more often, particularly by Maliki who is a bitter rival to the Kurdistan Region and its political parties."
Maliki is attempting to divert the public attention from his past political and administrative failures, especially the charges about the fall of a third of Iraqi territories to the Islamic State (IS) and collapse of the army during his reign.
“Maliki was the main reason behind the fall of Mosul and by such remarks he is trying to elude the charges as part of the electoral campaign,” Rostayi said.
He stated that Maliki's statements are also part of the reactions against the Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum which they are continuously opposing through their media outlets.
Maliki, who is now the Iraqi vice president, recently told Sputnik that the Peshmerga forces played no role in the fight against IS, and that Kurdistan Region can not become an independent state.