The KRG should be Re­formed, not Over­thrown!

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

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.

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