The Era of Mi­nor Pow­ers

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

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.

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