The demo­cratic process in Kur­dis­tan will not go back

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Mas­soud Barzani

Re­cently the is­sue of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s Pres­i­dency is­sue is be­ing ad­dressed ver­bally and in writ­ings. This is­sue is ad­dressed in two dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions. Whether pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive, many have looked at this sub­ject with a na­tional vi­sion while some oth­ers work on this is­sue from a po­lit­i­cal and pri­vate per­spec­tive and for a spe­cific pur­pose. I do re­spect both views and any­one is free to think. But in this sen­si­tive sit­u­a­tion of the re­gion, a sit­u­a­tion has emerged in the Kur­dis­tani Street as if there is noth­ing more im­por­tant than this is­sue, and hence many strate­gic and vi­tal is­sues re­lated to our na­tion’s des­tiny are be­ing marginal­ized.

In this sit­u­a­tion, as far as I am con­cerned, it is not a per­sonal is­sue. From the date when I was elected for this po­si­tion, I have said that I am not a pres­i­dent but rather a Pesh­marga and will stay a Pesh­marga. No po­si­tion, ti­tle or seat is more sa­cred than this name and mis­sion. The in­ter­est of the na­tion, serv­ing and strug­gling for the dig­nity of my fel­low cit­i­zens have al­ways been more im­por­tant than in what po­si­tion I may be.

Now, as this is­sue is very hot, I would like to ex­plain to my beloved fel­low cit­i­zens that I nei­ther called for the amend­ment to the pres­i­dency law nor for the ex­ten­sion of my pe­riod in of­fice, nor any fa­cil­i­ta­tion for me to run for pres­i­dency again.

As a per­son my aim is not a po­si­tion, this post is a tool to serve my peo­ple and na­tion. This post has been a in­stru­ment to de­fend the rights of my peo­ple. I have tried to pro­tect the dig­nity and sovereignty of my na­tion through this po­si­tion away from party pres­sures and con­flicts. And that was why I ac­cepted to take this po­si­tion again through the di­rect vote of the peo­ple. My mea­sure is the sat­is­fac­tion of the ma­jor­ity of our peo­ple and I am not ready to sac­ri­fice my and my fam­ily’s name and strug­gle his­tory for a ti­tle.

Now, af­ter a huge sac­ri­fice of our peo­ple, there is a sys­tem in this re­gion. The cor­rect thing is that all try to pro­tect and de­velop this sys­tem sin­cerely, rather than mix­ing be­tween black and white in con­flicts and use the logic of de­stroy­ing an en­tire coun­try to col­lapse one rule.

The gov­ern­ing sys­tem in the Re­gion is not pres­i­den­tial, and whether good or bad, this sys­tem has not been de­signed for one per­son. The im­por­tant thing is that in this sys­tem peo­ple’s ideas are re­spected and their des­tiny is in their hands. We should not al­low po­lit­i­cal deals to re­place peo­ple’s voice.

Our peo­ple are in a high po­lit­i­cal aware­ness level and they can de­cide about their own fu­ture as well as po­lit­i­cal and con­sti­tu­tional ques­tions. Re­strict­ing this right is head­ing to­wards in­di­vid­ual and party uni­lat­er­al­ism.

The draft con­sti­tu­tion has not yet been put to ref­er­en­dum for many rea­sons. The process of draft­ing the con­sti­tu­tion was a very nor­mal process and has passed all the phases nat­u­rally. Now it is the peo­ple who should de­cide whether they agree with the draft or not. The re­quest that the po­lit­i­cal par­ties should de­cide on the draft on the be­half of peo­ple has not le­gal bases. This is against the be­lief in the will of peo­ple and is against the idea of democ­racy.

I did not want to talk about this is­sue and I don’t want to sound per­sonal at all, be­cause it is not im­por­tant who is in which po­si­tion. The im­por­tance is the in­ter­est of peo­ple and na­tion. But there are some ef­forts to mis­di­rect the pub­lic opin­ion. I have more to say about this, which I will state at a later stage and at an ap­pro­pri­ate time. How­ever, I would like to ask my peo­ple to be aware that there is an ef­fort to hold the de­vel­op­ment process of our ques­tion. There is an ef­fort for hin­der­ing the achieve­ment of the great goal ev­ery one of us has. There is an ef­fort against the voice and will of peo­ple. And in this po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion of the re­gion, like it or not these ef­forts are sup­ported.

Since 1991 I have al­ways called for the voice of the peo­ple for all is­sues and I al­ways call for the re­spect of opin­ions and needs of peo­ple. Po­lit­i­cal par­ties should be com­mit­ted to the opin­ions of peo­ple not the op­po­site. Fear­ing peo­ple’s voices means lack of self-con­fi­dence.

Re­gard­ing the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, it is not im­por­tant who will win the post, and this post is not de­signed for a spe­cific per­son. It is rather im­por­tant that peo­ple are not de­prived from the right to di­rectly elect their pres­i­dent, which is a nat­u­ral right of them.

Fi­nally I would like to tell my peo­ple that the po­lit­i­cal process in Kur­dis­tan will not go back and any ef­forts for de­priv­ing peo­ple from the right to de­cide their des­tiny is against the nat­u­ral de­vel­op­ment of our so­ci­ety and will not suc­ceed.

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