Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — A Kurdish lawmaker said
the Gorran (Change) Movement, led by Nawshirwan
Mustafa, may decide Friday whether to withdraw from
the Kurdish Blocs Coalition (KBC).
The KBC, formed from all the Kurdish lists that ran
for March parliamentary elections, has as whole 57
seats in the Iraqi parliament. Gorran has eight
deputies in the coalition.
Recently the movement threatened to withdraw from
the KBC if its position is "disregarded" in the
A dispute over the mechanism for ratifying the bill
for setting up a Kurdistan high electoral commission
sparked the tension.
Azad Chalak from
Gorran Movement told AK news the party met with the
KBC Thursday to converse on the prospect of the
party's withdrawal, adding it may announce the final
Commenting on the reasons for the pull out, Chalak
pointed the finger at the leading parties in the
Kurdistan Region. He accused the authority in the
Region of "firing over 500 Gorran supporters as a
penalty for their affiliation." However, he did not
explicitly name any side but seemed to allude to the
Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic
Union of Kurdistan (PUK).
The two leading parties joined forces in elections
under Kurdistani list and gained 43 seats in the
Iraqi parliament. They are also united in one bloc
in the Kurdistan parliament, holding 59 seats of the
Chalak criticized the authority in Kurdistan of
"mistreating the party supporters" while the Gorran
representatives work side by side the other Kurdish
factions for the Kurdish rights.
Recently Nechirvan Barzani, the ex-Kurdistan premier
and the current vice president of the KDP met with
the opposition in the Kurdish parliament, including
Gorran, in an attempt to calm the tensions aroused
by the electoral commission bill.
The opposition with 35 deputies has always
criticized the parliament for "bowing to the wishes
of the prominent parties."
The Gorran lawmaker stated "the party does not trust
the Kurdish authority's vows."
Gorran emerged in regional elections in 2009 as a
rival to the two main ruling Kurdish parties and won
25 seats in the parliament. Gorran is challenging
Talabani's PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan),www.ekurd.netand
the KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party) of regional
president Massoud Barzani and accuses the parties of
Gorran movement led by the former senior PUK-leader
Nawshirwan Mustafa, who was Talabani’s deputy until
2007. Since the July 2009 elections in which it
secured almost a third of the seats of 111-member
Parliament of Kurdistan.
The party's threat falls exactly at a time when the
Kurdish support for any leading Iraqi blocs may
change the dangling fate of a new government
suspended for over seven months.
Barzani to confer with KBC and Kurdish leaders
The Kurdistan president, Massoud Barzani will meet
Sunday with the KBC (Kurdistan Blocs Coalition)'s
delegation to Baghdad as well as the leaders of the
Kurdish factions to the Iraqi parliament, a Kurdish
The five Kurdish factions which won as whole 57
seats in the Iraqi parliament united under the KBC.
The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) together won 43
seats; the Gorran (Change) Movement obtained eight,
the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) four and the
Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) two.
Sheikh Fatih Daraghayi from the KIG said the
anticipated meeting is to discuss the details and
conclusions of Barzani's recent meeting with the
Iraqi leaders as well as the latest prospects for
forming the new Iraqi government.
Recently a number of Iraqi leaders and
representatives of the blocs met with the Kurdish
leader and the KBC's negotiating team in Erbil.
Among them were Ayad Allawi, the head of al-Iraqiya,
the elections' front-runner bloc, accompanied by a
delegation of leaders in his bloc, as well as both
Iraqi vice presidents, Tariq Hashimi and Adel Abdul-Mahdi.
Dindar Dusky from the KIU confirmed Sunday's meeting
with the president.
The news comes while the Gorran Movement threatens
to withdraw from the KBC at the very moment that the
KBC's support seems essential for accelerating the
constitution of a seven-month delayed Iraqi
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