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 Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

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.

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