Iraqi Kurds condemn Baghdad oil law

Accusing Maliki of "authoritarian" and "dictatorial" behavior, Kurdish leaders are moving to undercut the Cabinet's draft oil law and push the Parliament's competing version.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki talks with Barham Salih, who is now the Prime Minster of the Kurdistan Regional Government, during a national assembly meeting in 2006. The KRG publicly criticized Maliki's new draft oil law. (CEERWAN AZIZ/Reuters)

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has called for the withdrawal of the Iraqi Cabinet's draft oil law, directly challenging Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's agenda and echoing the conflict that derailed similar legislation four years ago.

The Kurdish presidency council issued a statement demanding that the Cabinet "withdraw the Oil Ministry's draft immediately, because it contradicts the Constitution." The Cabinet approved the Oil Ministry's proposed oil and gas law on Aug. 25.

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