KDP and PUK Agree to Replace Parliament Speaker
Secretary of Kurdistan Democratic Party, led by President Massoud Barzani, has announced that both the KDP and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, PUK of Jalal Talabani, former President of Iraq, have reached a common understanding to sign a new strategic agreement.
Fadhil Mirani, KDP politburo secretary, added that they are going to come up with a deal to replace the parliament speaker Yusuf Mohammed who cannot practice his authorities now due to his party, the Gorran Movement, which did not commit to the political agreements signed with the KDP to run the broadbased cabinet all together with other parties.
According to Mirani, the new strategic agreement considers the new developments and a united stance for the future, adding that a gap was made between both KDP and PUK due to the new political agreement between the Kurdish parties. He confirmed that they are not close to each other again.
In his remarks, Mirani added that: “Alternative of PUK is just PUK.”
Last Tuesday, KDP and PUK politburos held a meeting to talk about the current situation in the Kurdistan Region.
Mirani told Kurdish media after the meeting that the common points between the two parties are more than the disputes. He added that they will not give up the common interests because of the disputes.
Mirani stressed that they key to the solution is in the hands of these two parties. He further said that the people call on these two parties to hold the responsibility of the situation, and that they will work together to make it better until the Kurds will announce independence or a confederate system with Iraq.
Mirani in his remarks said that the KDP and PUK need each other in this stage.
As Middle East is facing many rapid changes, Mirani said that they discussed the mechanism of resignation of parliament speaker. He said that Mohammed can return to parliament and offer his resignation.
Mirani said that his party does not mind to allow Mohammed to return to the parliament, but not as speaker.
Regarding the PUK stance on this issue, Mirani confirmed that they have both the same stance on replacing Mohammed.