The Era of Minor Powers
In politics, one should not always embrace a single trend and keep playing music on the same repeated note. The parties cannot always make decisions on crucial issues on the same level, with the same power, capability and role. The power that claims strength is necessarily able to settle big problems and make important decisions; the minor powers also should not necessarily be marginalized, or left only with thinking of smaller issues.
June 23rd brought a big change. As the information indicates, the four parties agreed to minimize Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)’s role and marginalize it. First of all, the term of major and main power at this time does not mean the power or the force that we need to build a democratic and modern society with. The time for these terms has changed to consensus, mutual understanding and protecting common interests. Thus, the term that the four political parties in the Parliament are using is a non-democratic term and does not fit the political coexistence, balance of power and respecting the will of other political parties. We saw that a minor power can have a crucial project and can make an important decision. So it’s not possible to have five major powers on one side and leave the others as minors, supplement or with little roles to play. What happened lately proved this fact well. KDP has understood the reality better than any other parties; this better understanding certainly has its subjective and objective factors. So it insists on the participation of other ethnic, religious and political components’ representative in the Parliament, government and even in the five-party meetings.
Politically, it will be to the advantage of the party that defends the existence, role and decision of those parties and components, which I call minor powers, but they can in fact be called the matured powers of Kurdistan, or the democratic and civil powers, because minor powers appeared to be able to play major role in this kind of political atmosphere, unlike some of those major powers who attempt even to bring chaos. The minor powers work for rehabilitating the major and settle crucial disagreements. With the presence of a small number of some parties, MPs of four parties raised their victory hands, but with absence of some other MPs, the four parties frustrated and failed. Thus, the minor powers play important roles at this time, the matter which can be considered as a new era in the parliamentary and political life in Kurdistan.
The term of main powers that four parties use as a parliament identification, I can’t understand how Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) considers Islamic Group and Islamic Union of Kurdistan as main powers, then how come that Gorran Movement, which was born from inside PUK, gives them the account as they are. Saying so, the single seat of Communist Party also to be considered main, the seat which boosted the morale of (the main four parties)! So it’s not correct to give political introduction to powers and parties by this manner, because the ethnic components are also main components that have been sharing power in the Parliament and government since the beginning of the 1990 uprising, and the political parties used to have different numbers of representatives in the Parliament.
The time is currently for prosperity of minor powers, because lately they felt being marginalized and isolated in the political process. After June 23rd, their role and position in the strategic decision making have prospered and they have taken part in making crucial decisions. This is a reality, a new reality that could last long, because it’s not possible that two parties and two main powers could return back 14 years. Thus, those parties could try their best once more and be in the front that gives them the chance of prosperity and development, because the political balance and balance of power are moving to their advantages.
One may hope that the meetings could reach their goals and terminate the problems via means of political dialogue, and that politics is not dealt with as adolescents' games. This has made people to stop defending and trusting the Kurdistan Region, and start emigrating and leaving the country. The lesson we’ve learned in the past few months show that major powers can cause major damages as well, and minor powers can make major improvements when pure national intention, coexistence and respecting each other’s will are predominant. Some political parties may not like the outcomes of this new era; they even may not be able to absorb it. But the majority of democratic and civil powers (minor powers) are moving towards a golden era. Today is the era of the single powerful vote of Muhammad Haji Mahmood, and the single seat of the Communist Party, Third Trend(Arastey Seyem), the Islamic Movement, Turkmen, Assyrian, Syriac and Kildans. And the power that wins is the one which confidently defend the principles of power sharing, coexistence and collective decision-making.