Kurdish great intellectual Felekedin Kakei passes away
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