KDP: All the parties should participate in constitution amendment
Kurdistan Parliament decided to form a committee, consisting of 21 members, aiming to amend the constitution draft for referendum, which might lead to change the political system and the presidential term.
Now, the political blocs in the Parliament have not been able to form the committee due to some disputes on the mechanism of nominating the members and the share of the blocs.
Spokesman of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in the Parliament Mohammed Ali Yaseen announced that constitution is not a project for one party only, but for all. In addition, it is for the future of the country.
“So, all the parties and different components should have their representatives in the committee. We stress that they should all join it, even if it would be on the KDP’s count.”
Yaseen also added that the Islamic parties, Kurdistan Islamic Union and Kurdistan Islamic League, are with the KDP over participation of the small parties in the constitution amendment process.
He directly criticized the Change Movement, locally known as Gorran, the Patriotic Union of Kurd- istan, PUK, for opposing to bring the small groups into the committee.
"Constitution is a project that relates to the future of every single individual, no matter which party one affiliates with in Kurdistan. In the light of this perspective, the KDP wants all the parties to join the committee," Yassen said.
Bahman Hussein, leadership member of the Kurdistan Toilers Party, expressed his worries and said: “Constitution is not a privilege to be given to a certain party, it is for all.”
He added that they found some parties that are against the participation of the small parties in the committee which he believes does not serve the unity of the parties.
Wahid Yaqoo Hurmoz, head of Chaldean Assyrian bloc in the Parliament, said that the KDP has always been supporting the minorities and tried to usher them to the political process.