Kurdistan Between Political Coup and Amending the Ruling System
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.