All sentiments for the new KRG cabinet are common
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.