Will KDP Surrender to the Opponent’s Pressure?
Last week, four political parties in Southern Kurdistan drafted some bills for downgrading the position of Kurdistan Region Presidency. They all attempt to stage a parliamentary coup against Kurdistan Democratic Party by imposing a blockade on it, and subsequently reduce its power, position and projects. Throughout their attempt, they wanted to involve (President Barzani) into one of the political agendas through which they intend to strike some of his projects that have raised concerns of the regional countries, especially Iran and the Shiite groups. Barzani is an ally to the US and west, he’s working for establishing a civilized society, and has a project of forming a modern state of Kurdistan.
The meeting caused deep shocks and a state of political panic in Kurdistan. What happened was not unpredicted because it’s been a while since these four political parties are making up their decisions under the influence of a neighboring country, reaching the point that they called the Iranian representative to the parliament to supervise their meeting during their parliamentary coup. They admitted presence of Iran after their illegal political defeat, what’s more catastrophic is that they made an even worse excuse that they’ve invited Iran to the Parliament because they felt frightened. So Iran is the power, support and source of certainty for these politically-misunderstood four political parties. This is what proves that they consider KDP and President Barzani as threats to their common interests.
In addition to its insistence on consensus and legal solution of the problems, KDP is not far to consider other scenarios and alternatives. While the components such as (Christians, Turkmen, Ezidis and Kakayis) support KDP, the Socialists and the Third Movement as two parliamentary blocks beside other components are with KDP’s plan of settling the problems. They think that the four parties have previously defamed them and accused them of being subordinated and controlled by the KDP.
Other than the legal solution and in- sistence on national consensus, KDP cannot sacrifice its rights in power for satisfaction of other parties and preserving the common political work. And instead of maintaining the common work and understanding, other parties draw plans and agendas for weakening KDP. This policy making is not acceptable, not only in politics, but even in trading and small investments.
Another scenario is that KDP will not take part in the inclusive government, and the political partnership that exists in government and parliament will be reconsidered, or an early election will be called.
On the parliament meeting day, they were able to carry on the meeting under slogans and raising the fingers of victory without KDP, Turkmen, Socialists and Third Movement, with presence of representative of Iran. But outside the parliament, another political circumstance arose. Some of the Kurdistan Islamic Union MPs in Duhok Province officially expressed their disapproval of their party’s attitude. This may make changes in political equations and developments.
Political short-sightedness is a big catastrophe; what’s more catastrophic is to cover up your weakness by inviting another country, and believing that hypocrisy and falsification in politics is endless.
Kurds have a proverb saying “Rope of lies is short.” It exactly is. The political development in Kurdistan made this image pop up more clearly last week. The four parties want to seize power under the slogan of democratization of power, and to push not only the main party of Kurdistan, but the decisive one into a corner, isolated from politics and the public and with the help of an external power, without even considering the alternatives, political cards and political credibility of the KDP.
We said the catastrophe of lying and short-sightedness in politics is a serious disease, that’s why there’s no surrender in politics. Consensus and mutual understanding have always been the main power of success.