Kur­dis­tan Be­tween Po­lit­i­cal Coup and Amend­ing the Rul­ing Sys­tem

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

Last week’s po­lit­i­cal at­mos­phere be­came ex­tra warm, es­pe­cially af­ter Pres­i­dent Barzani stated his stand­point to the public opin­ion and said it was only part of the facts. And just be­cause of the public opin­ion, all other facts couldn't be men­tioned. He said the po­lit­i­cal par­ties are to ei­ther reach a con­sen­sus or re­turn to peo­ple and hold early elec­tions. He said frankly that he had of­fi­cially ad­dressed the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment, say­ing in a part (elec­tions for se­lect­ing a new pres­i­dent are to be held, and the re­spon­si­bil­ity is to be handed over to any­one else who could win the trust of peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan). This is the ex­act word and the of­fi­cial de­ci­sion of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent. So all of those fal­si­fi­ca­tions, hypocrisy and wrong di­rec­tion of the public opin­ion in what re­lated to Pres­i­dent Barzani’s per­son­al­ity some par­ties have been busy with is some­thing wrong. He says he hands over the re­spon­si­bil­ity to some­one else who wins the elec­tion; this is an hon­est, right, demo­cratic and con­struc­tive ac­tion for the fu­ture of Kur­dis­tan.

The Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party feels there’s a po­lit­i­cal coup by some par­ties against it. And it de­scribes it a po­lit­i­cal coup. At the same time, another bill was drafted dur­ing the past days call­ing for amend­ment of the rul­ing sys­tem that has been gov­ern­ing Kur­dis­tan Re­gion for over 24 years.

In their mu­tual meet­ings, KDP and PUK gave the media out­lets a kind of op­ti­mism. Gor­ran, the Is­lamic Group and Is­lamic Union surely point the fin­ger of ac­cu­sa­tion at KDP and PUK for the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion. PUK also some­times joins them. In which case, the KDP is left alone to be blamed for the short­com­ings of au­thor­ity. This has made the KDP’s feel­ing of a coup more ev­i­dent. In some of its mes­sages, PUK is not re­gard­ing the his­tor­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity that has jointly had with KDP af­ter 1991 upris­ing in all ups and downs. So if the two par­ties want a sta­ble Kur­dis­tan they should con­fide in one another, hold the same re­spon­si­bil­ity to­gether and move with one com­mon step to solve the prob­lems, de­spite the dif­fer­ing opin­ions.

No po­lit­i­cal view­point or ref­or­ma­tion pro­cesses will suc­ceed if they’re pro­posed on ba­sis of re­duc­ing other’s roles and po­si­tions. No coup and po­lit­i­cal agenda will suc­ceed. Peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan are gen­er­ally dis­con­tented with the con­flicts, de­fam­ing each other, fal­si­fi­ca­tion and re­turn­ing to the painful days of the civil war.

Be­fore pro­vok­ing any new po­lit­i­cal cri­sis and mak­ing any trou­ble in Kur­dis­tan, a le­gal so­lu­tion should be found to the cur­rent prob­lems. The is­sue of con­sti­tu­tion bill and elect­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent be­fore time runs out are im­por­tant. The mat­ter of chang­ing the po­lit­i­cal and the power map needs a dif­fer­ent time and pe­riod other than now. Chang­ing and amend­ing the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem in Kur­dis­tan is a process that could be set­tled within an in­clu­sive re­form­ing process. The process of chang­ing and amend­ing the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem shouldn’t be used as pres­sure and com­pro­mise, it can’t be dealt with as an empty po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion only to­wards Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dency, be­cause no one would imag­ine the par­ties reach an agree­ment on these projects within the com­ing few days and end the prob­lems and turn the coun­try up­side down.

The par­ties had bet­ter seek real so­lu­tions. Barzani’s re­marks are clear: ei­ther con­sen­sus be­tween the po­lit­i­cal par­ties, or early par­lia­men­tary elec­tions. Or as Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party says if an agree­ment can't be reached, a ref­er­en­dum can be held and peo­ple can make the de­ci­sion re­gard­ing which pol­icy or view­point is cor­rect in or­der to be com­mit­ted to by all par­ties. I think the ma­jor duty is on KDP and PUK’s shoul­ders, then on other po­lit­i­cal par­ties and the eth­nic and re­li­gious com­po­nents of Kur­dis­tan.

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