Kurds may struggle in Baghdad’s new political power structure

Iraq's Kurds still pegged for kingmaker status but demands for oil autonomy will be weakened by internal competition and challenges from resurgent Sunni voters.

BAGHDAD - As results from Iraq's national elections are slowly and partially being released attention is turning north, where the seats allocated to Iraq's Kurdish representatives will loom large within the formation of a new government in Baghdad.

The relationship between Iraq's Arab and Kurdish leaders is fractured because of core conflicts of ideology, particularly about governance of the country's oil sector, which hinders development and will continue to do as there are no signs of this resolving.

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