Cri­sis for the Sake of Na­tional Con­sen­sus

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

Since 1991 upris­ing and the first elec­tion in Kur­dis­tan that led to for­ma­tion of the Par­lia­ment of Kur­dis­tan the process has been car­ried out through po­lit­i­cal agree­ment and con­sen­sus be­tween the po­lit­i­cal par­ties. The blocs that took part in the Par­lia­ment were the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party, the Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan, the Toil­ers of Kur­dis­tan, the Com­mu­nist Party, the Is­lamic Move­ment and the Turk­men and Chris­tians. Due to some fac­tors, the Par­lia­ment in its cur­rent round is di­vided and its bal­ance of power and seat rates have been al­tered. What caused Kur­dis­tan to face a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis is that Gor­ran, the PUK, the Is­lamic Group and the Is­lamic Union, in their unof­fi­cial front, in­tended to sac­ri­fice Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent as their ma­jor tar­get for their in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests and gains.

Whether of po­lit­i­cal stu­pid­ity or a clever tac­tic they in­vited the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Iran to their coup-like par­lia­ment meet­ing. They con­se­quently en­cir­cled them­selves with grave doubts and di­vulged their plan against the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion au­thor­ity. It seems that the coali­tion is too broad to be run by Iran; it ap­pears that Bagh­dad is also some­how the first to take ad­van­tage of those plans and agen­das as it pre­vi­ously in­tended to make trou­bles by us­ing PKK in Shin­gal and in­tended to es­tab­lish Hashd Al-Shaabi in the Kur­dish ar­eas too. Their pri­mary goal in all those plans is down­grad­ing the power of KDP and Pres­i­dent Barzani.

A front which is full of dis­putes doesn’t seem to have any mu­tual trust, be­cause at any op­por­tu­nity the Gor­ran Move­ment is ready to sac­ri­fice PUK for its own ben­e­fits. Naw­shir­wan Mustafa can de­lib­er­ately raise the ten­sions be­tween the main op­po­nents in­side PUK against each other, which con­se­quently lead to a po­lit­i­cal riot.

PUK and Gor­ran hail the civ­i­lized and de­moc­ra­tized so­ci­ety, so if they both be­lieve in what they claim they shouldn’t ac­cept a rad­i­cal Is­lamist move­ment and a doubt­ful po­lit­i­cal Is­lamism pro­ject. This mat­ter is also be­com­ing another time bomb for the prob­lem to go off, and they should ei­ther ac­cept the demo­cratic claims or sur­ren­der to the move­ment of Is­lamiza­tion of the Kur­dis­tani com­mu­nity that is ac­tu­ally a multi-eth­nic and multi-re­li­gious com­mu­nity. Isn’t that another po­lit­i­cal bomb?

Gor­ran Move­ment is pre­par­ing to draft a bill against the Turk­men, Chris­tian to re­duce their quota in the Par­lia­ment, be­cause they con­sider these com­po­nents as sup­ple­ments. They’ve also thought about sac­ri­fic­ing these com­po­nents to join a coali­tion with the KDP.

On the other hand, they want to push the KDP into an iso­lated cor­ner. They have seem­ingly for­got­ten that the KDP has given up so many po­si­tions and po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests for the sake of build­ing a pro­duc­tive na­tional con­sen­sus and main­tain­ing po­lit­i­cal and so­cial har­mony. The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent, Ma­soud Barzani, also is work­ing for a cru­cial na­tional pro­ject which is (an in­de­pen­dent econ­omy, build­ing a na­tion state of Kur­dis­tan for all com­po­nents). At this very sen­si­tive time, in­stead of cre­at­ing the op­por­tu­nity and help­ing him out, the four po­lit­i­cal par­ties want to use con­sen­sus as an ex­cuse to strike and down­grade the po­si­tion and per­son­al­ity of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dency, in ad­di­tion to forc­ing KDP to sub­mit to their po­lit­i­cal wills and de­ci­sions un­der the pre­text of (con­sen­sus). Within the first hour of the meet­ing, some po­lit­i­cal par­ties, such as the Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Union, faced split­ting and un­pre­dicted re­ac­tions of their mem­bers. So this ma­jor­ity has no guar­an­tee to hold par­lia­men­tary meet­ings un­der the pre­text of ma­jor­ity once more, be­cause there are a num­ber of com­po­nents and po­lit­i­cal par­ties that are against their own and with the KDP.

In fact, con­sen­sus is an agree­ment on pre­serv­ing the po­lit­i­cal in­ter­est of po­lit­i­cal par­ties and keep­ing the dis­putes and dis­agree­ments away, but it’s not plant­ing bombs for trou­ble­mak­ing and desta­bi­liz­ing the po­lit­i­cal life in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. The con­sen­sus will be suit­able when it can bring trust, es­sen­tial un­der­stand­ing, bal­ance and le­gal so­lu­tion with it­self.

The po­lit­i­cal par­ties don’t seem yet to have al­ter­na­tives to Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent (Ma­soud Barzani), but in or­der to get on with them­selves and their sup­port­ers af­ter June 23, they say Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent should be with no real power, just cer­e­mo­nial pres­i­dent and that’s all. This ten­dency means noth­ing but cre­at­ing a tur­bu­lent sit­u­a­tion and dis­tor­tion of the suc­cess­ful com­mon ex­pe­ri­ence of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. At the same time, it will limit the ma­noeu­vre space of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion that could no more be the de­vel­op­ing Re­gion that has an­gered Bagh­dad, ob­sessed Iran and de­feated the IS. In spite of the most se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial and eco­nomic crises that have been cre­ated by Bagh­dad, Kur­dis­tan is still mak­ing diplo­matic and mil­i­tary progress. So why do they want to block this pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment? The con­scious peo­ple and friends of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion get it right, be­cause what is hap­pen­ing is mak­ing cri­sis for na­tional con­sen­sus, not na­tional con­sen­sus for solv­ing the cri­sis.

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