To­wards a Pow­er­ful Kur­dis­tani Gov­ern­ment

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By By Gazi Has­san

The elec­tion of the fourth round of the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment points the way to a new po­lit­i­cal roadmap. The first meet­ing went ahead on Oc­to­ber 6, with the MPs that will sit in the fourth round of the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment tak­ing their oath. Al­though the meet­ing did not an­nounce the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, it none­the­less brought an end to Kur­dis­tan’s po­lit­i­cal and leg­is­la­tor gap. Kur­dis­tan is now on course to ad­vances in its func­tion­al­ity and to de­vel­op­ing its ad­min­is­tra­tive, po­lit­i­cal and le­gal or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Work is al­ready un­der­way on pre­par­ing the way for the eighth KRG cab­i­net. How­ever, lo­cal ob­servers per­ceive the on­go­ing process as tough and be­set by prob­lems and dis­agree­ments. Fo­cus on the me­dia dis­course and the psy­cho­log­i­cal and ide­o­log­i­cal pres­sure be­ing ap­plied by the Op­po­si­tion, and one may feel des­per­ate and pes­simistic. As they state their po­lit­i­cally-mo­ti­vated con­di­tions for par­tic­i­pat­ing in the up­com­ing gov­ern­ment, they re­veal a sin­gle ori­en­ta­tion: if the agen­das of the up­com­ing gov­ern­ment do not match their agen­das, they will not take part. Which is to they that refuse to see any­thing from any per­spec­tive but their own. Kur­dis­tan and the other par­ties' po­si­tions sim­ply do not ex­ist for them—how else could they say that if they do not take part in the gov­ern­ment, they will tell peo­ple it will lack le­git­i­macy be­cause of their ab­sence? Their dis­course in­creas­ingly re­sem­bles des­per­ate de­mands that will end up trap­ping them still more in a cor­ner.

The re­spon­si­bil­i­ties faced by the eighth KRG cab­i­net have pre­sum­ably been ren­dered heav­ier by the in­flex­i­bil­ity of the Op­po­si­tion, in­creased pop­u­lar aware­ness with re­gard to the choice of can­di­dates in the elec­tion, and the in­creased clar­ity of the peo­ples' wishes. The po­lit­i­cal dis­agree­ment may ap­pear stronger given the in­ter­nal pres­sures and changes fac­ing the re­gion. Mean­while, ap­point­ing Nechir­van Barzani to head the KRG and as­sign­ing him the task of ne­go­ti­at­ing with Kur­dis­tan’s other par­ties may prove a very pos­i­tive fac­tor in man­ag­ing the coun­try af­ter the PUK’s par­lia­men­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tion dropped to 18 seats. The ap­point­ment may strengthen the KDP's hand in deal­ing both with the Op­po­si­tion and its strate­gic ally, the PUK.

How­ever, no of­fi­cial de­ci­sions have yet been taken on how the KDP, the largest group in Par­lia­ment, will make agree­ments and with whom. Still, the KDP seems un­likely to leave the PUK alone in the po­lit­i­cal wilder­ness; the KDP will most likely con­sider all the par­ties within a com­mon pro­gram. Al­though some peo­ple and the op­po­si­tion par­ties want to blame the PUK's fail­ure in the elec­tion on the strate­gic agree­ment, this in­ter­pre­ta­tion is false, be­cause all of Kur­dis­tan has ben­e­fited from this agree­ment on all lev­els.

What is im­por­tant now is that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion needs to move for­ward and form a strong gov­ern­ment ca­pa­ble of work­ing ac­cu­rately and far­sight­edly. In­ter­nally, it should strengthen demo­cratic prin­ci­ples, en­sure greater open­ness in the me­dia, and deal with the de­mands of the op­po­si­tion. We should not for­get that re­form, open­ness and trans­parency are both con­struc­tive and a na­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity. That is why we can be op­ti­mistic about the next stage: the ap­point­ment of the present Prime Min­is­ter to form the new cab­i­net will en­sure that is­sues are dealt with softly and openly. That may well pro­vide a com­mon point al­low­ing all par­ties to ac­cept the fu­ture gov­ern­ment, de­spite the nu­mer­ous dis­agree­ments.

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