Crisis for the Sake of National Consensus
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.