Fazil Mi­rani: Barzani Sur­prise’s All By Not Re-nom­i­nat­ing Him­self

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KDP polit­buro sec­re­tary, Fazil Mi­rani, showed his sup­port to Ma­soud Barzani's re-nom­i­na­tion, in­sist­ing that the other side could not hin­der Barzani's nom­i­na­tion as the mat­ter is law­ful. He men­tioned that par­tic­u­lar ar­gu­ment for such a mat­ter is an or­di­nary, mun­dane thing be­cause the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dency is re­lated to all, and said they'll not be wor­ried of other peo­ple's opin­ions and view­points.

Last Wed­nes­day, in an in­ter­view in Lon­don, Sharq Al-Awsat, Mi­rani re­vealed that they vis­ited Mala Bakhti­yar and op­pos­ing par­ties know their stance re­gard­ing elec­tions. "Un­for­tu­nately while we ex­pected them to visit us back and show their stance of­fi­cially, out of norms, their press con­fer­ences re­minded us of Rev­o­lu­tion Com­mand Coun­cil's state­ments and mil­i­tary coups," re­marked Mi­rani.

Show­ing his sur­prise to those par­ties which in­tend mov­ing Kur­dis­tan Pres­i­dent's elec­tion to the Par­lia­ment, he men­tioned that those par­ties crit­i­cized 2005's Elec­tion which was con­ducted by the Par­lia­ment; this urged Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani to change Pres­i­dency Elec­tion from par­lia- men­tary to di­rect elec­tion by peo­ple.

Mi­rani be­lieved that elect­ing the pres­i­dent di­rectly by peo­ple is the best choice; it gives op­por­tu­nity to all peo­ple to vote di­rectly, such as 2009's Elec­tion, be­cause elect­ing the pres­i­dent in the par­lia­ment will de­prive peo­ple of this right.

"Who knows? Barzani may sur­prise all by not nom­i­nat­ing him­self, just as he's an­nounced, he has not de­manded any post or po­si­tion. We should say for his­tory that this man has de­fended our na­tional rights and strength­ened Re­gion's in­ter­nal and for­eign po­si­tion and has up­held the unity of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. So whether we vote for him or not, we should re­spect his role" said Mi­rani.

Re­gard­ing the re­turn of con­sti­tu­tion bill to par­lia­ment, Mi­rani said the bill has been voted for by 99% af­ter dis­cus­sion and or­ga­ni­za­tion, it's the right of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent to put the con­sti­tu­tion to vote and let peo­ple make their de­ci­sion. In ad­di­tion to that, the con­sti­tu­tion is sub­ject to dis­cus­sion and the fi­nal word and de­ci­sion be­longs to Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent.

Con­cern­ing for­ma­tion of a united govern­ment which was called 'a deal out of the par­lia­ment' times ago, the PDK polit­buro sec­re­tary said they sug­gested to the op­po­si­tion to form a na­tional unity govern­ment to­gether till con­duct­ing elec­tions, so they make the re­forms they want. "But they re­fused, the deal they're talk­ing about will go through af­ter the elec­tion when ev­ery­one knows his size" Mi­rani said.

"We think that the op­po­si­tion wants to take over power, but this is only achieved by elec­tion, let them try their luck and we'll wait, nev­er­the­less we are for for­ma­tion of a united govern­ment af­ter the elec­tion in or­der to take all the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties" added Fazil Mi­rani.

In re­sponse to a ques­tion of the PDK be­ing of ac­cused of an en­deavor to main­tain Barzani Fam­ily's rule over the Re­gion Pres­i­dency, the PDK sec­re­tary said: "We do not shy from our com­mit­ment to this fam­ily's lead­er­ship to the party, they were leader of the li­bra­tion move­ment, till today, they all in­clud­ing other par­ties, agree on the lead­er­ship of this free­dom fighter fam­ily." He added that fam­ily par­ties ex­ist in many places in the world, such as Afghanistan, Pak­istan.. etc, men­tion­ing that Naw­shir­wan Muastafa him­self has writ­ten ar­ti­cles about some of them. "The lead­er­ship of the party is our is­sue and oth­ers are not con­cerned with, why should they ob­ject what's re­lated to our can­di­dates to any post? Why would they ob­ject if we nom­i­nated Nechir­van Barzani to govern­ment pres­i­dency? They have rights to nom­i­nate their min­is­ters, and we have the right to nom­i­nate a pres­i­dent to the govern­ment and the Re­gion's pres­i­dency. We have re­spected their de­ci­sion and they should re­spect our party's op­tions and decisions as long as they are not against law" ex­plained Mi­rani.

Re­gard­ing con­tra­dic­tions in PUK's stances about nom­i­na­tion and the con­sti­tu­tion, Mi­rani men­tioned that af­ter Pres­i­dent Tal­a­bani's ill­ness, they face con­tra­dic­tory state­ments from PUK lead­er­ship. "I say this with all my cer­tainty, in Iraq or in­side PUK or even we as PDK, didn't know the real value of Mam Jalal com­pletely un­til he was tem­po­rar­ily ab­sent." In­sisted Mi­rani, adding that they're not wor­ried and they re­spect PUK's cir­cum­stance and are not afraid of the fate of their al­liance. "We have friends in­side PUK with whom we strug­gled to­gether, I be­lieve that PUK will con­tinue on its strug­gle and on the path of strate­gic al­liance" con­cluded Mi­rani.

Re­gard­ing the agree­ment be­tween Nechir­van Barzani and Nuri Al Ma­liki in Bag­dad sev­eral days ago, Mi­rani men­tioned that di­a­logue is the method of the era and even war ends by di­a­logue.

"Ma­liki will re­main the prime min­is­ter un­til 2014; we tried to with­draw con­fi­dence from him but it couldn't be de­cided by unan­i­mous vote. So shall we boy­cott him? Till when? Or shall we sep­a­rate from Iraq, which is not in our fa­vor? So we have to en­gage di­a­logue with him, we did this and we agreed with him, but our agree­ment shouldn't be on the credit of oth­ers" ar­gued Mi­rani.

Mi­rani de­manded the Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter to be open­minded, not only for Shias, but for Sun­nis as well, be­cause they're im­por­tant com­po­nent in Iraq.

Sec­re­tary of Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party, KDP, Fad­hil Mi­rani speaks dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in the cap­i­tal Er­bil.

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