Chris­tians in Kur­dis­tan

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Chris­tians of Kur­dis­tan, in­clud­ing those who fled Bag­dad to set­tle in Kur­dis­tan, are en­joy­ing a sta­ble and se­cure life in the re­gion. They took part in the elec­tions and voted for their can­di­dates freely with­out any pres­sure. A cit­i­zen said that the Chris­tians cast their votes ac­cord­ing to their per­sonal con­vic­tions and they have high hopes to par­tic­i­pate in the po­lit­i­cal process.

de­pen­dent List), and nine var­i­ous lists ran for the Iraq’s Par­lia­men­tary polls in­clud­ing ( KDP’s close Shil­ama bloc, Demo­cratic Assyr­ian Move­ment’s af­fil­i­ates Rafi­dayn, Kild, Syraic; Assyr­ian Coun­cil’s af­fil­i­ate the Pub­lic Coun­cil; the Com­mu­nist’s af­fil­i­ates Warka, Abna AlRafi­dayn and Ma­liki’s af­fil­i­ate Baby­lon.)

Ano Jawhar Ab­doka, who’s one of the KDP’s of­fi­cials in Ankawa, told us that all the above men­tioned lists took part in the elec­tion cam­paign and the elec­tions suc­cess­fully. All the par­ties par­tic­i­pated in the process with­out any hin­drance. “We as Chris­tians of Ankawa are lucky that our lives are se­cure and we’re en­joy­ing the free­dom of tak­ing part and se­lect­ing our can­di­dates,” Ab­doka said.

In Ankawa, the civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions, lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional ob­servers and me­dia played an ac­tive role to main­tain the elec­tion process free and fair. “The most im­por­tant thing is that, in con­trast to the rest of Iraq, we par­tic­i­pated in the process with our own po­lit­i­cal will and chose our own can­di­dates,” Ab­doca went on. “We’re lucky that our cit­i­zens can par­tic­i­pate and in­flu­ence the so­cial and po­lit­i­cal life.”

“Chris­tians and Assyr­i­ans in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion are free and do not have such grave prob­lems like the Chris­tians in the other parts of Iraq like Bagh­dad for ex­am­ple.” This is what Romeo Hakari, Sec­re­tary of Bay­tu­nahreyn Demo­cratic Party, said. “There are no eth­nic and re­li­gious dis­crim­i­na­tions be­tween Kurds and Assyr­i­ans, or Mus­lims and Chris­tians in Kur­dis­tan, all are liv­ing in brother­hood,” said Hakari. He re­marked that they all cel­e­brated the Easter and par­tic­i­pated in the elec­tion cam­paign and the voting process.

When one looked at the elec­tion posters dur­ing the cam­paign in Ankawa, one would feel the di­ver­sity of the demo­cratic process. Dif­fer­ent col­ors, reli­gions, eth­nic­i­ties and var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal opin­ions could be ob­served. Here, the elec­tion was adorned by the distin­guished Chris­tian char­ac­ter­is­tics. In ad­di­tion, Kur­dis­tan’s po­lit­i­cal par­ties played a pos­i­tive, sup­port­ive and com­peti- tive role in gain­ing more votes.

Ankawa was a sam­ple of democ­racy in Kur­dis­tan; it was a real nest of co-ex­is­tence and re­spect­ing the dif­fer­ences. As one Chris­tian said: “Kur­dis­tan is a per­fect ex­am­ple of democ­racy and co-ex­is­tence, I wish Iraq will em­u­late this dy­namic re­gion.”

Three signs be­long to Chris­tian po­lit­i­cal par­ties’ hang out in the Chris­tian district of Ankawa in Er­bil, cap­i­tal of au­ton­o­mous Kur­dis­tan Re­gion of north­ern Iraq, dur­ing the cam­paign for the Iraqi par­lia­men­tary and provin­cial coun­cil elec­tion which held on April 30, 2014.

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