World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkmen, Syriac and Asuri were recognized as official languages in Iraq, bringing the number of official languages in the country to five after Arabic and Kurdish.
The Iraqi National Assembly has voted in favor of the amendment, which allows Turkmen, Syriac and Asuri minorities to use their languages in their conducts in the regions where they constitute the majority of the population.
According to the new regulation, Kurdish will be used in all governmental conducts and official correspondences as well as scripts on money and passports.
The new measures came out after an appeal by deputies of the related minorities and were voted on Wednesday.
Iraqi parliament’s Culture and Media Committee chairman Ali al-Shelah said the amendments will contribute to the democratization of Iraq.
A Turkmen member of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Administrations Assembly, Muhammed Ilhanli said the new regulations are a good step but unfair to other minorities as their languages would not be credited as much as Kurdish.
According to the Iraq's constitution Kurdish is the second official language after Arabic, however, it had not been used in official correspondences until the recent changes.
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