Kur­dish great in­tel­lec­tual Felekedin Kakei passes away

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Kakei will, for all time, live in our mem­o­ries. He was a great Pesh­marga and sound jour­nal­ist.”

___ PM Barzani says.

The mod­est Kur­dish politi­cian, in­tel­lec­tual and writer Felekedin Kakei passed away af­ter a stroke on Wed­nes­day July 31 in Er­bil.

The Prime Min­is­ter of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG), Nechir­van Barzani, and nu­mer­ous out­stand­ing Kur­dish politi­cians and fig­ures at­tended his fu­neral in the town of Pir­mam, 30 km out of Er­bil.

Kakei started his po­lit­i­cal life while he was im­pris­oned in an Iraqi jail dur­ing Sad­dam Hus­sein’s regime, writ­ing a weekly col­umn and smug­gled it out of his cell to be pub­lished in a pop­u­lar Ara­bic Kur­dish­backed news­pa­per, al-Taakhi, whose ed­i­tor-in-chief he would be­come fol­low­ing the fall of the regime.

Af­ter his sud­den death, a lot of Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par- ties in and out of Kur­dis­tan sent mes­sages of con­do­lence to his fam­ily and the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party, KDP, of which he was a se­nior mem­ber, ex­press­ing their deep sad­ness at his death.

In a mes­sage of con­do­lence, the Pres­i­dent of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Mas­soud Barzani, said that “The death of the great writer and in­tel­lec­tual, Felekedin Kakei, was a great loss to our na­tion.”

From a dark and nar­row Iraqi jail cell, Kakei later be­came the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment’s Min­is­ter of Cul­ture for two terms af­ter Sad­dam regime’s fall in 2003.

Be­cause of his in­volve­ment in po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties Kakei left Kur­dis­tan for Iran. He later joined the lead­er­ship of the KDP and played a key role in de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

I feel a great sad­ness, PM Barzani, said, in a mes­sage of con­do­lence. Barzani de­scribed him as a “close friend” and a “teacher”.

Pr­mier Barzani also stated that Kakei was a source of hope in the worst and gloomi­est of times. “Those who know him and read his works would know how hope­ful he was about the fu­ture.”

Kakei be­came a mem­ber of the Kur­dis­tan par­lia­ment fol­low­ing the Kur­dish up­ris­ing in 1991. While he was min­is­ter of cul­ture he launched a cam­paign seek­ing the re­lease of Ab­dul- lah Ocalan, the im­pris­oned leader of the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers Party.

He con­trib­uted to Kur­dish lit­er­a­ture by writ­ing sev­eral books. Through his works, Kakei strived to in­tro­duce the cul­ture of his peo­ple, the Kakeis, which many of the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan knew lit­tle about.

How­ever, dur­ing the bloody Kur­dish civil war of the 90s, which cost thou­sands of lives, Kakei wrote for peace and asked the po­lit­i­cal par­ties to solve their dif­fer­ences through di­a­logue and peace­ful ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Kur­dish mod­est politi­cian, in­tel­lec­tual and writer Felekedin Kakei

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