Are the Par­ties Against Bad Con­sti­tu­tion, or Good Pres­i­dent?

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

Once again, for gain­ing some spe­cific po­lit­i­cal gains and achieve­ment, some po­lit­i­cal par­ties have turned the mat­ter of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent’s re-elec­tion into a mat­ter of the day. As Kurds say, they want to de­fine them­selves as peo­ple’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and at the same time, ac­cus­ing peo­ple of be­ing stupid.

Those par­ties want a par­lia­men­tary sys­tem of rul­ing, they mean a pow­er­less and hon­orary pres­i­dent and no mat­ter with or with­out a rea­son con­sult him when­ever they want. So they want to ma­nip­u­late with the con­sti­tu­tion and the fu­ture of Kur­dis­tan. From the rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ re­marks, we can per­ceive that in case of elect­ing the pres­i­dent di­rectly by peo­ple, they’re con­cerned about the struc­ture, aware­ness level and sim­plic­ity of peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan, those who’ve also voted for them. When­ever they needed votes of the peo­ple, those who are now be­ing ac­cused and de­graded, they would in­stead call them in­tel­lec­tu­als and determined peo­ple.

An­other po­lit­i­cal party thinks that the pres­i­den­tial sys­tem is im­por­tant this time, so that the pres­i­dent, no mat­ter which po­lit­i­cal party he be­longs to, can have the role and power to prac­ti­cally im­prove the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in all as­pects. It means that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion pres­i­dent is im­por­tant for Kur­dis­tan to be pow­er­ful, determined, open and re­spected by the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple, to be able to guar­an­tee the lives of peo­ple and co­ex­is­tence of var­i­ous com­po­nents of Chris­tians, Mus­lims, Kurds, Assyr­i­ans, Turk­man, and Arabs in Kur­dis­tan.

The main ques­tion is: what kind of con­sti­tu­tion does Kur­dis­tan need? Of course a con­sti­tu­tion that’s mod­ern and demo­cratic, in fa­vor of civil so­ci­ety, co­ex­is­tence, so­cial sta­bil­ity, peace and devel­op­ment. We can feel that some po­lit­i­cal par­ties, in­stead of de­fend­ing a demo­cratic, mod­ern and civil con­sti­tu­tion, want to ex­press their po­lit­i­cal in­ten­tions through turn­ing on the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent him­self, un­der the pre­text of ‘fears and con­cerns of aris­ing to­tal­i­tar­i­an­ism and dic­ta­tor­ship’. The sec­ond party, from the op­po­si­tion, is say­ing ob­vi­ously that we need a good and pow­er­ful pres­i­dent at the mo­ment. For what rea­son should ev­ery­thing be re­stricted to the is­sue of Kur­dis­tan pres­i­dency? Why aren’t th­ese is­sues dis­cussed in the con­sti­tu­tion as a strate­gic res­o­lu­tion?

In fact, we’re just chas­ing a po­lit­i­cal mi­rage. The po­lit­i­cal par­ties want to turn the strate­gic mat­ter into a tem­po­rary one, not let­ting a de­ci­sion to be made about Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Con­sti­tu­tion bill. Some par­ties want to claim in a way or an­other that Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani and his power will threaten the fu­ture of po­lit­i­cal process in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, while they are part of the process of de­fam­ing democ­racy, dis­re­spect­ing the will of peo­ple, fear peo­ple’s votes, and re­strict­ing the power in the par­lia­ment. Those par­ties them­selves con­sider the par­lia­ment mis­er­able. In re­al­ity, large num­ber of peo­ple who com­prise the ma­jor­ity think that Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani is still the only pow­er­ful, suit­able and trusted per­son for this po­si­tion. Barzani said in an in­ter­view with IMCTV: “Even now I’m say­ing that I don’t ac­cept my term to be ex­tended, we obey law, now the Par­lia­ment and the po­lit­i­cal par­ties are con­duct­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions. Any agree­ment they reach, that will be im­ple­mented. I, in no way, will ac­cept any­thing that’s against law.”

That’s why Kur­dis­tan should stand against a bad con­sti­tu­tion. It should draft a con­sti­tu­tion that will be ben­e­fi­cial for the com­ing gen­er­a­tions, to stem the fears of self-im­pos­ing and uni­lat­er­al­ism. But what’s even more se­ri­ous is look­ing for an in­ca­pable and weak pres­i­dent in­stead of a pow­er­ful, determined and trusted pres­i­dent, and a great diplo­mat in­ter­na­tion­ally like the in­cum­bent one. They want to draft con­sti­tu­tion to solve tem­po­rary prob­lems, not the strate­gic ones.

I have no com­plaints or cri­tiques about po­lit­i­cal opin­ions and dif­fer­ence of thoughts and po­lit­i­cal in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the de­vel­op­ments, but I’m con­cerned to the bone that some po­lit­i­cal par­ties are try­ing to es­tab­lish a pow­er­less, weak and worth­less pres­i­dency and a bad con­sti­tu­tion. They main­tain that peo­ple's votes may re­sult in es­tab­lish­ing a dic­ta­tor and a uni­lat­eral pres­i­dent, whilst they claim that elect­ing the pres­i­dent in the par­lia­ment will ‘surely’ ban­ish all the fears. They seem to have forgotten that if peo­ple are ac­cused of be­ing ig­no­rant and il­lit­er­ate then the MPs, who are rep­re­sen­ta­tives of those peo­ple, should be called the ill and de­fi­cient minds of those peo­ple. It’s just like a blind, in day­light, talk­ing about the risks of dark nights and singing songs to beauty.

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