The autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan region has lately been plagued by political turmoil. Until recently, Iraqi Kurdish politicians took pride in being the vanguard, guiding their people to a bright and prosperous future.
However, according to political observers, this is no longer the case because the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has descended into political chaos and a steep economic crash.
Pervasive corruption, nepotism, mismanagement, lack of public services, high unemployment, low wages, dismal living standards, and rampant poverty are among the main factors that have aggravated the current mess in the Kurdistan region.
Meanwhile, the growing antagonism between the Kurdish parties, particularly between the two arch-rival parties, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Barzani-led Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), has deteriorated the social milieu in Kurdistan.
The Intra-Kurdish schisms stem from decades-old struggles over lucrative oil deals and the Barzani clan’s hegemony over the KRG’s security and political fields. To compound the political crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan, the KRG and KDP are fiercely competing over the Iraqi presidential nomination, which the post-2003 constitution grants to Iraqi Kurds.
In addition to KDP-KUP’s rising animosity, Iraqi Kurdistan is facing serious confrontations with the federal government in Baghdad.
The Iraqi economist, Dr. Nabil al-Marsoumi, asserts that the KRG continues to smuggle oil to the Zionist regime, Greece, and Italy, through certain contractor firms, without Baghdad’s permission.
The endless attempts to create an Iraqi administration have contributed to the deterioration of relations between Baghdad and Erbil, as Masoud Barzani has so far played a detrimental role in efforts to reach a national agreement over the political future of Iraq. Some analysts believe that the KRG leaders’ miscalculations would ultimately lead to a catastrophe, ruining Kurdistan’s economy and social fabric in the long run.