The KRG should be Reformed, not Overthrown!
After 1991 uprising, it’s the first time in the history the Kurds have been able to run their self-autonomous region in an uninterrupted quarter of a century. The rule, however, hasn’t reached the level of perfection, but has established strong principles to move forward.
The KRG’s eighth cabinet was formed as a result of significant changes occurred in the Kurdistan Region and the area in an exceptional period. A government was formed as a result of a broad-based cabinet with the opposition parties. But one of the member parties of the new government has been characterized by sloganeering, disturbing the Kurdish rule, hatred, using the conflicts and spreading them in defaming the Kurdistan Region President and putting the burden of responsibility on the shoulder of one political party, the Kurdistan Democratic Party. This opposition force couldn’t be objective and enjoy the power of logic. Losing the balance of power, financial crisis and ISIS war have been used as suitable grounds for striking the government from the inside. It’s true that this local opposition intended to adopt the same street-policy inside the government, administrative and law-making institutes, but as a result of political short-sightedness and forming a four-party-coalition against one force that is the (KDP), it moved the crises to a level in which the society was dragged towards a big chaos.
The Gorran group, who practically can be called a group, not political people and men of governing and understanding of the external and regional political equations, they’re only temporary local group, because once again while leading and directing the people towards violence and attacking KDP bureaus on October 9th, they couldn’t escape from their locality and confinement in the geography of the Suleimani province. They’re not men of politics, because they couldn’t absorb the coalition of the Kurdistan Region in the fight against ISIS, in addition to that, they don’t believe in adopting others’ recommendations or listening to others whether from inside or outside. They thought, through childish political behavior and a kind of showing off on TV screens, that they are more effective than committing to joint meetings and the friendly talks with the US, Britain and the UN. They’ve surely forgotten that they’re part of the authority and they constantly mention their own 24 seat in the Parliament. The group who consider itself as modern hasn’t been able to keep away from the domineering power of Nawshirwan Mustafa from the inside. This dominance and dictatorship even had reflections on some of the decisions of the three other parties (PUK, Islamic Union and Islamic Group) in some aspects. Some of the mentioned party’s officials in Suleimani were echoing the same tone, but they couldn’t win.
The important question at this point here is the slogans they kept repeating: the Kurdistan Regional Government wants to punish people through not distributing the civil servants’ salaries. Does the government deserve destruction and pit-digging? If the government seats, positions, strategic ministries, general directorates and consultants have been shared by the five political parties: the KDP, Gorran, PUK, Islamic Union, and Islamic Group, isn’t that what has caused the crisis? Isn’t the government in need of reform and reassessment? We still remember when the government was built on fifty-fifty basis and the crisis still existed. And now the government is divided among the five parties almost equally. In the 8th inclusive cabinet, instead of sharing power between two parties, it has been shared among all major five parties. Therefore, understanding and cooperation and managing people’s affairs have been five times harder and slower than ever.
What I intend to say is that if a group like Gorran wants to be an opposition within the executive and management authority, and to create a front against the KDP through threatening other political parties, or to create a front for overthrowing the government, the same could’ve happened that they carried out as plan two of their political and chaotic agenda.
Their first plan under the name of (4+1) has already failed in the Parliament. Therefore, as a result of short-sightedness and the unconstructed psychological structure of the Speaker of the Parliament, they started to implement their second plan through motivating people to create chaos and encouraging violence. Here, they clearly adopted the slogan of the government failure and overthrowing it through the public demonstrations. So, instead of cooperating in and working on the independence project, they tried to overthrow and destroy the Kurdistan Democratic Party and probably unseat the legal President of the Kurdistan Region. Their main aim was to damage the Region’s government in order to divide Kurdistan into two administrations and two separate authorities.
Indeed the government has to carry out reforms and to eliminate the serious shortcomings, but it never deserves to be overthrown and divided. Because amid the financial and political crises, the KRG has been able to continue its tasks in public service sectors, diplomacy, war on the ISIS and relations with the outside world on all levels.