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Iraq

Basra and Kut officially call for semi-independent regions

By Rudaw 26/4/2015
Iraq's southern province of Basra. Iraq-business news photo.
Iraq's southern province of Basra. Iraq-business news photo.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The southern Iraqi provinces of Basra and Wasit have officially called on Baghdad to recognize them as semi-autonomous regions, giving the regions similar rights as the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Mohammad Osman, a member of the region and provinces committees for the Iraqi Cabinet, told Rudaw.
 
“Until now, the provinces of Basra and Wasit have officially called on the Iraqi government for self-governance and being independent from Baghdad just like the Kurdistan Region, which has its own government and parliament,” Osman said.
 
He added that upon the request of Wasit officials, his committee visited the main Wasit city of Kut to follow up on the claims.
 
“We will be visiting other cities in Iraq to follow up on their requests, because according to the Iraqi constitution, each Iraqi province and some provinces together can call for independent regions and self-governance within Iraq,” Osman told Rudaw.

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bijî wasit | 26/4/2015
Sooon the rotten Iraqi state will be history. Long live Basra Kurdistan.
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ܣܗܕܐ ܝܘܢܢ | 26/4/2015
Wasit? Assyrians call it Kashkar but back on topic; Why are there going to be TWO Shi'a regions?
Anas.Brwari.Chicago.U.S | 26/4/2015
Why not, It's a legal and human rights guaranteed by the Iraqi constitution of 2005.To eliminate the authority of central government, and could improve the life of ordinary poor people in southern Iraq, if its based on the order of law and human rights out of authoritarian and corruption.
BismarkPA | 26/4/2015
Now the Shia want no part of Baghdad. What the hell did we spend billions on? WTF, Obama better stop wasting our money on the Iraqi government. Give it to the Kurds if we gave them 26 billion in military aid ISIS would be a distant memory.
mike | 27/4/2015
This is excellent news. Clearly the Political situation is shifting towards the Kurds desired outcome, namely greater federalism or outright dissolution of the Iraqi state.. this is a vote of no confidence in the leadership of the shiite run government in Baghdad who are unqualified to lead. After 10+ years of corrupt, repressive and incompet govt, even Shiites want out.

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