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 Iraqi Kurdistan Govt Denounce Gorran’s Call for Abolition of KRG and Parliament  

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Iraqi Kurdistan Govt Denounce Gorran’s Call for Abolition of KRG and Parliament  31.1.2011  

January 31, 2011

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', —  The president of Iraq's Kurdistan region Massoud Barzani chaired a meeting today in Salahadin of the KRG Council of Ministers, Kurdistan Parliament and leaders and representatives of all political parties in the Kurdistan Region, to discuss the extraordinary call by the Region’s opposition group (Gorran) for the abolition of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Parliament.

The meeting concluded by a statement denouncing this call by Gorran and calling upon the people of Kurdistan to be wary of any attempts to jeopardize the security and stability of the Kurdistan Region.

“Any attempts for reform or change in the Kurdistan Region must be undertaken within the framework of law and regulations and must also respect the results of elections and the will of the people of the Region. We reject any attempts that would jeopardize the security, stability and peaceful coexistence in the Kurdistan Region,” said the statement.             

Kurdistan Political Blocs Denounce Gorran’s Call for Abolition of KRG and Parliament. Photo: krg.org
The statement went on to say “we reiterate our belief in the importance of democratic values, including having differences of opinion and having a peaceful and legal opposition in the Region. We acknowledge the need for reforms and that there are shortcomings such as corruption in the Region, but we are determined that the government, the opposition, and civil society organizations should work together towards making progress in addressing these issues.”

As well as the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), all the other main parties of the Region participated in today's meeting which included the Islamic Union of Kurdistan, the Islamic Group of Kurdistan, the Islamic Movement of Kurdistan,
www.ekurd.netas well as parties representing leftists, nationalists, Turkomens and Christians.

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, and the KDP of regional president Massoud Barzani and accuses the parties of corruption.

The Gorran is headed 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.

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