March 5, 2005
Kurds Seek Shi'ite Assurances of Democratic IraqTopics: Middle East News and Perspectives
A powerful Kurdish coalition said today that it would not back Iraq's main Shi'ite alliance in the race for prime minister without assurances that they would not impose an Islamic fundamentalist state.
(...) "Political Islam is a fact in our country. But I don't want Iraq to be turned into a religious, sectarian, fundamentalist state, this will not be accepted," said Barham Salih, deputy prime minister of Iraq and senior negotiator for the Kurdish bloc.
(...) "That is why we are looking for real assurances that would prevent Iraq from turning into a sectarian and fundamentalist state... We reject religious control over government organizations, and this is a very important issue."
The Kurds are asking if Iraq is going to be a religious state or a democratic state that would respect the Islamic religion? They are calling for the second option and they seem determined to work toward geting guarantees that a democratic state is formed that repects the Islamic religion but is not a sectarian and Islamic fundamentalist state.
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