Kur­dis­tan Won

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

On the 30th of April, the elec­tion process pro­ceeded from 7 am till 6 pm. The voting time was not ex­tended, which was one of the pos­i­tive as­pects of the event. People went to the polling sta­tions in spe­cific time and man­ner, and po­lit­i­cal par­ties be­lieved that their vot­ers and sup­port­ers went to polling sta­tions as re­quired of them. In ad­di­tion to that, the elec­tronic fin­ger­print de­vice, as an­nounced from the out­set, stopped op­er­at­ing au­to­mat­i­cally at 6 pm, so no one would think of ex­ten­sion of the voting time. That is why the end of the voting process ap­proached with no pres­sure, rig­ging or the claims of this and that.

This elec­tion was sig­nif­i­cant for the Kurds, be­cause the po­lit­i­cal process in Iraq pops up in a new form, com­pe­ti­tion and con­tent. Though the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party will be the first win­ner rep­re­sent­ing the ma­jor­ity of the Kurds, all the Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties should be uni­fied in Bag­dad with one voice and stance, be­cause even be­fore an­nounc­ing the fi­nal re­sults, Nuri Ma­liki refers to the ma­jor­ity’s govern­ment. Mean­while, Iraq is sunk into war and blasts, and then flood of re­leased wa­ter from dams, es­pe­cially in Sunni pop­u­lated ar­eas. Nuri Ma­liki says he’s the first win­ner, but no one can form the govern­ment on his own. That is why po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts fear the worst. In such a sit­u­a­tion, Kurds should make their own de­ci­sion about their fu­ture. We should bear in mind that keep­ing Ma­liki as Prime Min­is­ter for the third term is a threat, adding fuel to the fear of es­ca­la­tion of the sec­tar­ian war.

Nuri Ma­liki ad­vo­cates the govern­ment of ma­jor­ity. It means he has al­ready de­cided from the be­gin­ning that he is the first win­ner, and he him­self will choose the po­lit­i­cal par­ties to form the next cab­i­net. It means a govern­ment that doesn’t rep­re­sent all com­po­nents of the Iraqi pop­u­la­tion. This pol­icy will cre­ate a real prob­lem for the Kurds in par­tic­u­lar, be­cause it doesn’t seem that Nuri Ma­liki, in case things re­main as it is, will deal with the Kurds as one bloc. He might not want the KDP, which is the first win­ner in Kur­dis­tan, to be a part­ner in the next govern­ment, be­cause the KDP is adamant about the na­tional and the strate­gic is­sues con­cern­ing the Kur­dish people. It’s also not un­think­able that Ma­liki will con­sider an al­ter­na­tive in­side Kur­dis­tan. That is why uni­fy­ing the Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties and their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the next govern­ment need in­tel­li­gence and de­ci­sive de­ci­sions.

As ex­pected, KDP is the first win­ner of the elec­tion at Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s level, but the main com­pe­ti­tion will re­main be­tween the Change Move­ment (Gor­ran) and the Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan (PUK). They con­sider them­selves prac­ti­cally sec­ond in Kur­dis­tan, and be­ing sec­ond is not con­di­tioned only with the num­ber of seats.

All the po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Kur­dis­tan par­tic­i­pated in the elec­tion cam­paign and the voting process. Kurds, Turk­man, Kild, Syr­iac and Assyr­i­ans, Mus­lims, Chris­tians and Ezi­dies chose their rep­re­sen­ta­tives freely. The process went on calmly with no trou­ble. It’s true that the com­pe­ti­tion was tough, but no one in­tended to lose the con­trol and sur­ren­der to the re­ac­tion, rage and the psy­cho­log­i­cal pres­sure of the op­po­nents. This is prac­ti­cally an im­por­tant step to­wards tight­en­ing prin­ci­ples of democ­racy and free­dom of voting, and is stick­ing to ra­tio­nale and logic in­stead of emo­tion and anger.

What is most im­por­tant: Kur­dis­tan is the first win­ner of the process, so it’s a na­tional duty that the re­sults are ac­cepted by all with­out re­sort­ing to neg­a­tive re­ac­tions. Some of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties were fight­ing for their sur­vival, gain­ing and re­gain­ing the power and their pub­lic po­si­tion. This is not solely re­lated to cadres and lead­ers of par­ties them­selves, but it in­cludes sup­port­ers of the par­ties too. Be­cause the cry of anger for the sake of gain­ing few votes was not un­rec­og­niz­able. The harsh tones were con­sid­ered by or­di­nary people as a real process of com­bat­ing. We saw in some places a tough at­mos­phere and vi­o­lent com­pe­ti­tions.

The Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party, be­fore other par­ties, thinks of an al­ter­na­tive strat­egy for the po­lit­i­cal fu­ture of Iraq in the post-elec­tion era. That is why Kur­dis­tan is in need of a po­lit­i­cal bal­ance and the par­tic­i­pa­tion of all par­ties in power. This, I think, will drive Kur­dis­tan po­lit­i­cally into a na­tion era, from the era of gain­ing po­lit­i­cal and lo­cal achieve­ments into the era of achiev­ing to­tal in­de­pen­dence, unity and cross­ing over into the in­ter­na­tion­al­iza­tion. This needs po­lit­i­cal par­ties and com­po­nents of Kur­dis­tan as a whole. The is­sues should be looked upon in a way that the suc­cess of Kur­dis­tan in the elec­tions needs additional ef­forts to make Kur­dis­tan suc­cess­ful in the po­lit­i­cal process in gen­eral, be­cause if the elec­tion re­sults in Iraq are honey for some they will be bit­ter and sour for some oth­ers.

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