The Hard Stage

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

On Septem­ber 21, the fourth round of Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment elec­tion pro­ceeded. The process was good, but some par­ties, es­pe­cially the op­po­si­tion seem to crit­i­cize count­ing votes, rather than vot­ing process it­self. This sit­u­a­tion seems to have in­volved Sle­many prov­ince more, where Gor­ran move­ment won ma­jor­ity of votes.

It’s not yet tack­led how the par­ties could ac­cept the fi­nal re­sult of elec­tions and their per­cent­ages. The PUK which has won 18 seats, con­grat­u­lated its can­di­dates and called on them to be brave de­fend­ers in the Par­lia­ment. PDK which has won 38 seats in the elec­tion on the other hand con­grat­u­lated peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan con­cern­ing the suc­cess of vot­ing process. Gor­ran Move­ment has won 24, Is­lamic Union 10, and Is­lamic Group 6 seats. The three op­po­si­tion par­ties al­ways orig­i­nate their pol­icy on crit­i­cism and have stated their dis­ap­proval of the rates which The Iraqi High Elec­toral Com­mis­sion an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 2, claim­ing they have right of get­ting more votes. So if it’s that way and this mea­sure­ment is ba­sis of defin­ing the rates of votes and seats, ev­ery party claim get­ting more votes, there are even some lists who have got few hun­dred votes, while they were claim­ing get­ting large num­ber of votes and seats, that’s why, this sort of dis­course has been built on self-de­cep­tion and sen­ti­ments rather than re­al­ity.

The im­por­tant thing is that the process is over. The IHEC has made the fi­nal de­ci­sion, the only op­por­tu­nity has been left for lists to say their opin­ions, is mak­ing ap­peal in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion court. What’s con­sid­ered from now on, is the sec­ond stage which could be a un­easy and non-sim­ple stage, be­cause par­al­lel with the first days of fi­nal­iz­ing elec­tion process, rad­i­cal Is­lamist ter­ror­ists launched ter­ror­ist at­tacks against se­cu­rity in­sti­tu­tions of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in the cap­i­tal city of Er­bil. This is a se­ri­ous mes­sage to the au­thor­ity in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, es­pe­cially while Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is known for its sta­bil­ity and has had the trust of in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. At the same time, Iraq has be­come an area full of blasts and killing. Hun­dreds has been vic­tims of ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Septem­ber. There are a num­ber of in­sta­bil­ity is­sues and other crises which can have im­pact on the sit­u­a­tion of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Another as­pect of this stage is the man­ner of ap­prov­ing the re­sults and the fu­ture pol­icy of KRG by neigh­bour­ing coun­tries and friends in the West and Amer­ica. In the first step, Amer­ica, UN, Rus­sia, Jor­dan, Saudi Ara­bia, Tur­key and Iraqi gov­ern­ment it­self con­grat­u­lated vot­ing process and the re­sults.

The po­lit­i­cal par­ties have now merged into claim­ing over the man­ner of for­ma­tion of the up­com­ing gov­ern­ment. Some par­ties are look­ing pos­i­tively to the process, some oth­ers think the process form­ing gov­ern­ment will be last­ing for long, the po­lit­i­cal game will start from here and the process needs time, be­cause the par­ties have taken part in the elec­tion in sep­a­rate lists, the re­sults are also sep­a­rate. It’s also not far that the op­po­si­tion em­pha­sizes on a cou­ple of po­si­tions for the sake of gain­ing some achieve­ments.

Let>s not for­get that the PUK will be the tough and ef­fec­tive num­ber, whether how will they in­tend to par­tic­i­pate in the gov­ern­ment. While KDP and PUK still have the strate­gic agree­ment, they have an­nounced ahead of the elec­tion that ex­tend­ing the agree­ment is an es­sen­tial el­e­ment of the stage. Al­though they re­vealed that some sec­tions of the agree­ment need amend­ment and re­vi­sion. KDP will have a heavy re­spon­si­bil­ity in ad­min­is­tra­tion and mak­ing de­ci­sion. As for PUK, it should choose its des­tiny in method and the man­ner of tak­ing part in the up­com­ing gov­ern­ment. What>s more in­ter­est­ing is the 11 quote seats of (Chris­tian, Ar­me­ni­ans and Turk­man) and the four seats of each one of (Is­lamic move­ment, So­cial­ist, Com­mu­nist and Third Di­rec­tion). Th­ese also could have im­pact on al­liances and for­ma­tion of par­lia­men­tary blocs. The com­ing steps of Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment and for­ma­tion of Kur­dis­tan Gov­ern­ment doesn>t seem to be easy. The pres­sure are ris­ing against each other, the com­pe­ti­tion is get­ting tougher. The par­ties should give more con­cern to de­ter­mi­na­tion of peo­ple, not as po­lit­i­cal claim, but as ser­vices.

All over the world, if so­ci­ety steps to­ward open­ness and democ­racy, the com­pe­ti­tions go tougher and the steps come into more ques­tion and pres­sure. That>s why it>s or­di­nary that par­ties com­pete warmly in Kur­dis­tan, but it shouldn>t be for­got­ten, there are many steps ahead for Kur­dis­tan in na­tional terms. If unity, com­mon dis­course isn>t achieved, what>s been achieved so far will be vic­tim of pol­i­tics. But this doesn’t mean that Kur­dis­tan is mov­ing to­ward dark­ness, ev­ery era of time needs new res­o­lu­tion, co­or­di­na­tion and pol­icy. That why, along­side with tough­ness of steps, Kur­dis­tan is mov­ing to­ward op­ti­mism, be­cause the will of peo­ple and po­lit­i­cal de­ter­mi­na­tion are ready to make de­ci­sion and re­spect the con­se­quences. The pres­sures and crit­i­cism that are spread out by some par­ties seem to be used only for hiding the pledges and claims they have given their sup­port­ers dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign.

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