PM Barzani: National consensus is needed upon constitution
“There is no an unclear point in the mutual agreement between the KDP and PUK on the issue of the constitution. No need to give a different interpretation on it.”
The Kurdistan Regional Government’s, KRG, Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani has recently said that the two major Kurdish ruling parties, Kurdistan Democratic Party [KDP] and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan [PUK], are committed to the agreement, signed in 29 of the last June, resulted in the extension of Kurdistan President’s, Massoud Barzani, tenure, Kurdistan Parliament and the national consensus to resolve the issue of the draft constitution.
PM Barzani also stated that the two political parties had already decided that the constitution has to bring unity and harmony and not disunity of the Kurdish society. To resolve the disputes, he said, the national consensus is the best way.
In an interview with Rudaw newspaper, Barzani stressed that the KDP and PUK are committed to the articles of the strategic agreement, which will keep the interests of the two parties safe.
To end the controversial arguments between the officials and members of parliament of the two parties, Barzani said that, “There is no ambiguous point in the agreement. There is no need the officials, from both sides, give a different interpretation on it.”
PM Barzani headed his par- ty’s delegation while the two parties signed the agreement on June 29.
To prove his statement, PM Barzani said that the political parties want the constitution to become a “political and social concord”, getting all the components living in the Kurdistan Region closer.
“The matter is not about returning the draft constitution to Kurdistan Parliament because it was drafted by a committee outside of the parliament, and then voted on in the parliament unanimously. On June 29, we both clearly agreed on a point that the draft should be discussed well until the parties reach a consensus on it, and the amended articles will fix in the constitution”
The agreement still is not that clear to some of the MPs and officials from both sides. The PUK agreed to extend Kurdistan President’s mandate for two more years and the parliament term for two months. In turn, the party is asked its strategic ally, the KDP, to return the constitution to the parliament for further amendment, as it is the demand of the three major opposition parties too.
In a statement on July 17, Massoud Barzani announced that all the political parties have to reach an urgent consensus on the constitution in the next elected parliament.