Gor­ran-PUK Deal After­math

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By | Gazi Has­san

Any po­lit­i­cal deal and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in Kur­dis­tan will raise as many doubts as much as it re­duces prob­lems. So ev­ery deal does not nec­es­sar­ily lead to vic­tory, and ev­ery dis­pute does not al­ways lead to sur­ren­der and back­ward progress.

The Gor­ran-PUK deal seems to be more likely a self-im­posed con­sti­tu­tion draft than a bi­lat­eral po­lit­i­cal agree­ment, in­tend­ing to hide their own dis­tor­tion. I think the deal will lessen the chaos, di­vi­sion and fal­si­fi­ca­tions, but it raises an­other is­sue that is the cause of others’ con­cerns and fears. The PUK and Gor­ran share one his­tory, ide­ol­ogy, and ge­og­ra­phy. They took this step to dis­rupt the po­lit­i­cal bal­ance in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Par­lia­ment be­fore June 23rd and the re­sult has made a sit­u­a­tion that no far-sighted politi­cian would hope for.

The deal had been made to form a par­lia­men­tary ma­jor­ity, which has al­ready been tried and failed, as a re­turn to show off the power of ma­jor­ity rather than bal­ance, con­sen­sus and mu­tual work among par­ties. It means leav­ing be­hind the prin­ci­ples of a joint na­tional gov­ern­ment. Thus, if the two par­ties’ deal at­tempts to solve their prob­lems through­out this kind of im­posed po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion, it will deepen the ex­ter­nal is­sues, which may be the main goals of the deal it­self.

Prior to that, the four par­ties have tested their prob­lems. These two par­ties also have held many bi­lat­eral meet­ings so that they can work on a com­mon par­lia­men­tary work to limit the power and po­si­tion of KDP and work on the Kur­dis­tan Pres­i­dency is­sue. Gor­ran and PUK claim they made the deal in the “in­ter- est of people and re­form­ing the gov­ern­ing sys­tem in Kur­dis­tan, people’s fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion and re­forms.” The ques­tion is that why did they throw aside solv­ing the prob­lems, re­forms, com­bat­ing cor­rup­tion, re­spect­ing will of people in Su­laimani be­fore that step? The ques­tion is that, will they be able to achieve that ideal in the time of uni­fi­ca­tion, turn­ing a blind eye on each other’s mem­bers and leader, the work that they couldn’t do in the time of dis­trust, mu­tual ac­cu­sa­tions and stand­ing against one an­other? We know that the par­ties al­ways make deals that leave prob­lems un­solved, ne­glect­ing the le­gal vi­o­la­tions, keep­ing silent on the of­fences, not the prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion of the prob­lems. Deals are made dur­ing the times of weak­ness, not times of suc­cess. Deals are made for lim­it­ing the op­po­nents—the will of the people is the last thing con­cerned about in these kinds of ac­tions.

I think the deal will lead to anes­theti­za­tion of the dis­agree­ments in Su­laimani in­stead of pro­vid­ing a so­lu­tion to the crises. Have they thought what it means to marginal­ize or oust the KDP in any po­lit­i­cal process in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion? Have they thought that the prob­lems that are not solved with in­clu­sive agree­ment and com­mon work from all the par­ties will be con­sid­ered a lo­cal or bi­lat­eral deal? I think that they haven’t. The deal demon­strates two goals: hid­ing Gor­ran’s fail­ure in chang­ing PUK (turn­ing it into Gor­ran), and try­ing to ex­tend the pack­ages from last year’s events of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Par­lia­ment, which has al­ready failed.

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