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