Pre­mier Barzani plants “tree of hope”

“To­day like other days of Spring, we are to­gether at happy and un­happy oc­ca­sions. The elec­tions are ap­proach­ing, and it is a moral and his­toric re­spon­si­bil­ity for our people to par­tic­i­pate in the elec­tions. One sin­gle vote is valu­able for us” __ PM Barzan

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On the an­niver­sary of Na­tional Plant­ing Day on April 16, Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment's (KRG) Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani ac­com­pa­nied by Er­bil gover­nor Nawzad Hadi and a num­ber of the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party's (KDP) mem­bers to­gether with the Kur­dis­tan Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani par­tic­i­pated in a plant­ing cam­paign in a new park in Er­bil's Riz­gari district.

As the cam­paign ended, PM Barzani gave a speech and said : "If we de­stroy the prin­ci­ples of democ­racy in our coun­try, then we can­not take a rest un­der its shade be­cause democ­racy is like a tree and con­se­quently we can­not lead the des­tiny of our na­tion to­wards a brighter fu­ture."

"We should never for­get the bru­tal acts of the for­mer Iraqi regime that did against our na­tion. We should al­ways keep them in mind and learn lessons from them," added the Prime Min­is­ter.

"Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, we should plant ' the tree of hope' for the fu­ture gen­er­a­tion," said Barzani. He also stated that the KDP is ca­pa­ble of leading Kur­dis­tan to­wards a brighter fu­ture and it proved that in the past.

Re­gard­ing the up­com­ing Iraqi leg­isla­tive and the Kur­dish provin­cial coun­cil elec­tions PM Barzani an­nounced : "We do hope that the people go to the polling sta­tions and cast their votes. They, with no doubt, will vote for the party which is able to lead Kur­dis­tan to­wards a brighter fu­ture."

"The demo­cratic process is like plant­ing a new tree and at the same time a spe­cial weather should be pro­vided for its growth. Of course, to pre­pare such a proper weather and ground, the KDP is ca­pa­ble of do­ing that," said the Prime Min­is­ter Barzani.

"Voting is a moral and a his­toric re­spon­si­bil­ity, and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the elec­tions is an an­swer and homage to those people who strug­gled in the past and scar­i­fied their blood to bring about such a day for us. I hope ev­ery sin­gle in­di­vid­ual in Kur­dis­tan feel the re­spon­si­bil­ity and par­tic­i­pate in the elec­tions," con­tin­ued the PM Barzani.

Dur­ing his speech, PM Barzani said that to guar­an­tee democ­racy in Iraq all the people should take part in the up­com­ing Iraqi par­lia­men­tary elec­tions. By go­ing to the polling sta­tions, the people would par­tic­i­pate in strength­en­ing democ­racy and pro­tect­ing Kur­dis­tan Re­gion's rights.

"Voting in the provin­cial coun­cil elec­tions would fa­cil­i­tate the KRG's du­ties, ac­cel­er­at­ing the pub­lic ser­vices as well as stim­u­lat­ing eco­nomic, so­cial and po­lit­i­cal growth di­rectly. And the KDP is ca­pa­ble of do­ing these and proved it in the past," said Barzani at the Na­tional Plant­ing Day in Er­bil.

"I and sev­eral KDP can­di­dates have planted trees to­day, and for us it means strength­en­ing of the demo­cratic process in Kur­dis­tan," the PM barzani added.

"Voting for the KDP," Barzani said, "is voting for a demo­cratic Kur­dis­tan and the KDP's co-oper­a­tion with other Iraqi po­lit­i­cal par­ties based on the Con­sti­tu­tion."

"I am ask­ing Er­bil res­i­dents to think awhile about the past and the present of the city. Of course, what we have ac­com­plished to­day is be­cause of the KDP's pol­icy. Sta­bil­ity, peace and con­struc­tion process are the KDP's ma­jor pol­icy," said Mr. Barzani.

"To­day all the prob­lems are solved through bal­lot boxes and it is the sign of a demo­cratic process," said PM Nechir­van Barzani.

"It is nec­es­sary that all the el­i­gi­ble people par­tic­i­pate in the up­com­ing elec­tions in or­der to make the process suc­cess­ful and with no doubt I con­firm that one sin­gle vote is valu­able for us," added the PM Barzani.

Ad­dress­ing the KDP can­di­dates for the Iraqi leg­isla- tive and provin­cial coun­cil elec­tions, Barzani said : "I am sure that you can start a new level of con­struc­tion and de­vel­op­ment in our coun­try, our cities and our prov­inces," con­cluded the Prime Min­is­ter Barzani.

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