The democratic process in Kurdistan will not go back
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.