All sen­ti­ments for the new KRG cab­i­net are com­mon

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Gazi Has­san

Early last week, ne­go­ti­a­tions and talks be­gan in earnest re­gard­ing the for­ma­tion of the KRG’s eighth cab­i­net. Nechir­van Barzani has been ap­pointed by the party with the most votes in Septem­ber’s elec­tion to lead the KDP del­e­ga­tion, in which ca­pac­ity he has vis­ited other po­lit­i­cal par­ties. He ini­tially met with the PUK, the KDP’s his­toric ally, and this was fol­lowed by a joint meet­ing with the Gor­ran Move­ment, Is­lamic Union and Is­lamic Group. Ev­ery meet­ing ended with a press con­fer­ence. It is clear that the pub­lic and the po­lit­i­cal par­ties now share sev­eral com­mon sen­ti­ments. Th­ese could be sum­ma­rized as fol­lows:

Firstly, all the po­lit­i­cal par­ties now share the same opin­ion on tak­ing part in the new cab­i­net. The Gor­ran Move­ment now favours the process and is more pos­i­tive than might have been ex­pected. Hav­ing con­verged in their views on the mech­a­nisms for form­ing the new cab­i­net, they are now ready to take part in the gov­ern­ment.

Sec­ond, the KDP can­not veto any other party, and the Cab­i­net will fea­ture the par­tic­i­pa­tion of all par­ties.

Third, they an­nounced at the start of the talks that the Op­po­si­tion should be called the For­mer Op­po­si­tion, since there is no longer a dis­tinc­tion be­tween the op­po­si­tion and the rul­ing party.

Fourth, ef­forts will be made to draw up a com­mon pro­gram for the eighth cab­i­net de­rived from the elec­toral pro­grams of all the par­ties. This means the gov­ern­ment's agenda should be held in com­mon by all the par­ties.

Fifth, the gov­ern­ment should be trans­par­ent and ac­tive, press ahead with re­forms and erad­i­cate the long-stand­ing cor­rup­tion in the Re­gion.

Sixth: a gov­ern­ment of the peo­ple should be es­tab­lished, which will be a coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

All the par­ties have stated their com­mon sen­ti­ments and their readi­ness to par­tic­i­pate in the new cab­i­net. This means that all the par­ties are ready to take part in gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing the three op­po­si­tion par­ties that orig­i­nally an­nounced they would par­tic­i­pate in the gov­ern­ment to­gether, but which are now ready to take part in­di­vid­u­ally, ac­cord­ing to their own in­ter­ests and pro­grams. Which is to say that a sort of open­ness is now ap­par­ent in the ne­go­ti­a­tions. It also means that ev­ery­one is free to take part in the gov­ern­ment, pro­vid­ing the par­ties do not dis­agree over sep­a­rate in­ter­ests when the talks move on to the de­tails of how the cab­i­net is to be formed.

Nechir­van Barzani, as a strong per­son­al­ity and a suc­cess­ful diplo­mat who is both mod­er­ate and far-sighted in ne­go­ti­a­tions, has been able to trans­form the ini­tial dif­fer­ence of opin­ions into pos­i­tiv­ity, close­ness and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing. The na­tion’s po­lit­i­cal par­ties are now mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion for the con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity of Kur­dis­tan. He has also been able to ac­cept the dif­fer­ences and gather the op­po­site opin­ions to­gether, which means he is ex­pect­ing this cab­i­net to shoul­der heavy re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and take deep and de­ci­sive ac­tions. In the mean­time, the first steps in the ne­go­ti­a­tions have cre­ated a lot of op­ti­mism among the Kur­dish me­dia, the pub­lic, and even among the op­po­si­tion lead­ers and po­lit­i­cal par­ties them­selves.

It is cru­cial that the ne­go­ti­a­tions feed into this op­ti­mism, and that the trust be­tween the par­ties grows ever stronger and warmer. The gov­ern­ment's pro­gram should be the peo­ple’s pro­gram. It should re­spect the will of the in­di­vid­ual, de­velop eco­nomic and so­cial prin­ci­ples, achieve fur­ther se­cu­rity and so­cial sta­bil­ity, unify the po­lit­i­cal will of the Kurds, and seek to in­clude the Kur­dish ar­eas which are cur­rently out­side the Re­gion. In other words, ev­ery­thing the par­ties now agree on and hold in com­mon should be­come a launch­ing pad for a com­mon fu­ture and for com­mon par­tic­i­pa­tion and be­liefs, as well. This op­ti­mism must be made to last for the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan.

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