Skip to main content

Iraqi Kurdish Opposition Challenges Draft Constitution

With elections slated to take place in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region this fall, opposing political figures have begun to exchange accusations.
Nawshirwan Mustafa, an Iraqi Kurdish Politician and the head of Kurdish "Change" opposition movement, shows his ink-stained finger after voting in Sulaimaniya, 260 km (160 miles) northeast of Baghdad March 7, 2010. Explosions killed 24 people as Iraqis voted on Sunday in an election that Sunni Islamist militants have vowed to disrupt, in one of many challenges to efforts to stabilise Iraq before U.S. troops leave.  REUTERS/Jamal Penjweny (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR2BBPU
Read in 

The political situation in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region has been rather foggy with the exchange of accusations of treason and dictatorship between the political parties in the region, mainly by prominent political figures who were until recently fighting under a unified front. The region’s upcoming elections, scheduled for September 2013, justify the escalation of the tone of statements between parties.

Nawshirwan Mustafa, the general coordinator of the Movement for Change and a former leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, accused Talabani and Iraqi Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani of treason. The latter is a leader in the Kurdistan Democratic Party and a strategic ally of Talabani.

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.