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Nawshirwan does not think about becoming the president of Kurdistan or Prime Minister: Salar Aziz  7.5.2009





Salar Aziz says we want to create an active Kurdish parliament.

May 7, 2009


Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan region 'Iraq': Interview with Salar Aziz

Salar Aziz, a member of the management board of Wisha Company and a former leader in Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) says that Change List’s preparations for elections campaign in most of the towns and cities of Kurdistan are completed.

Q: Are you going to campaign everywhere in Kurdistan?

Aziz: We have been able to create a system (of bases) everywhere and we made preparation in most of the cities and towns.                      

Salar Aziz, a member of the management board of Wisha Company and a former leader in Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) says that Change List’s preparations for elections campaign in most of the towns and cities of Kurdistan are completed.
Q: Some people say that so far Nawshirwan Mustafa has not taken any administrative posts so that they can judge his performance and to get an idea on how is he going to bring about change. Do you think this might hurt the list in the election?

Aziz: Mr. Nawshirwan does not think about becoming the president of Kurdistan or Prime Minister. As a veteran (politician) he runs for the elections to create a more organized parliament which can address the shortcomings of the region and improve the situation.

Q: Does this mean that if you win in the elections he will give the administrative post to other people?

Aziz: He will not hand over administrative posts to people. What is important to us is to have a sincere, courageous, and patriotic people be elected to the parliament in order to defend the rights of people. We just want this and we have nothing to do with government or appointing people (to government). In fact,
www.ekurd.net Mr. Nawshirwan wants to create a brave parliament and nothing more.

Q: Do you mean that the current parliament is not active.

Aziz: The current parliament has no authority. It is under the control of the two dominating parties in Kurdistan. This parliament has not been able to create the power of the judicial authority in a way it can govern everything… the judicial authority is the most important authority but now in Kurdistan everyone can interfere with courts and works of judges... We want the judicial authority to be above all the other authorities.

Q: For the past few weeks leaders of PUK have been, directly or indirectly, criticizing Nawshirwan Mustafa. But he does not respond to them. Is this because he does not want to further upset them?

Aziz: Mr. Nawshirwan has not nominated himself for the presidencies of Kurdistan or Iraq or the post of prime minister. Then why they should make such statements? We are waiting for the parliamentary elections and everyone is free to run for the elections with a separate list. We have not made a coup and we are not against any party or individual... Some people want to belittle our efforts by attributing these (attacks).

What we have accomplished exceeds and liberates us from party-style works and disputes. All the incomplete experiences of the past have been lessons for us. We have learned a different style of work. We want to re-introduce a beautiful image of the region to our friends and foes. Therefore we want an active parliament not a parliament obedient to the (political) parties.

The unity of people can be achieved through forming an independent parliament, not through a strategic pact between the two main parties that prolongs their power…It is not important for us who will be upset or happy with us. Our massage is that all people of Kurdistan want the rule of law,
www.ekurd.net transparency, services, and justice. But (some) people want to downplay our effort by tying it to personal issues. However, we don't pay attention to them.

Q: Some observers expect violence during the elections. Do you expect such a situation while some people believe that your list may take half of the votes of PUK supporters?

Aziz: We do not expect this situation unless they instigate violence. We don’t have an army. Besides, the government is theirs; they have to keep the security so that no one dares to commit any violation against any list or faction.

Q: The strange thing for people was the negotiations of your list with the Kurdistan Islamic Movement (KIM). What can bring you together with KIM while you yourselves do not regard this party's ruling experience as a successful one?

Aziz: We have said earlier that we will participate in the elections as single independent list and we do not form coalition with any other lists. If we see it necessary we will form alliance with a list on the condition that the list will adhere to our (election) program.

Q: When the results of the elections are announced will your condition for executing the program of Change List be on for your alliances

Aziz: Certainly, it will.

Q: Some critics of Nawshirwan Mustafa accuse him of vying for power, particularly the leadership of PUK, what is your reaction to this kind of accusations?

Aziz: This is not right. Mr. Nawshirwan does not fight for power inside PUK. He was the deputy secretary-general of PUK. If he had fought for positions he would not have given up his position (in PUK).

Q: But what strengthens this rumor is that till now he is not ready to announce his separation from PUK and leave PUK

Aziz: We were PUK members, why should we leave the party? It is more than 30 years we are working in PUK why we should separate from the party?

Q: PUK is due to hold a congress and some say that the aim behind such a congress is to dismiss you from PUK.

Aziz: We are not much concerned about the congress as we are concerned about the change of our region. Their decisions are up to them.

Q: They say that some of those people whom Nawshirwan has promised to include their names in the list, have turned their back against Mustafa when they have found out that they will not be nominated. Is that true?

Aziz: This is not true at all. Mr. Nawshirwan has not promised anything to anyone. No one has asked or was asked to be nominated.

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