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 Kurdish opposition, Gorran, cancelled protest campaign in Sulaimaniyah: Lawmaker 

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Kurdish opposition, Gorran, cancelled protest campaign in Sulaimaniyah: Lawmaker  31.1.2011  

January 31, 2011

SULAIMANIYAH, — A member of the Kurdistan Blocs Coalition (KBC) Fuad Ma’sum, said Sunday evening the supporters of Gorran (Change) Movement canceled their protests in Sulaimaniyah province in Iraq's Kurdistan region.

The supporters, led by Gorran leadership, among the other demands, requested Saturday evening dissolution of the Kurdistan Regional parliament and “a fair and transparent” general elections. The call seemed to be motivated by the current public uprisings in the Arab world.

The reformist from Gorran," said Sunday that the ruling parties in the three provinces comprising the semiautonomous northern Kurdistan region are corrupt and don't represent the people.

Ma’sum told AK news the security authorities in the province stated the supporters withdrew a request made earlier to sanction their protest in Sulaimaniyah.

Gorran represents the major opposition faction in the Kurdish parliament.          

Supporters of the Kurdish opposition "Gorran" or "Change" movement celebrate in the streets after polls closed in the Iraqi parliamentary elections in March 2010, in Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan region of Iraq. Photo: AP
Two Islamic parties are also allied with Gorran. However, it was only Gorran who called for the protest and disbanding parliament.

The politburos of the major parties in the Region were quick to respond to the call,
www.ekurd.netdescribing it as a “seditious act.” The call was received by protest demonstration by the vocational syndicates as well as a number of old fighters affiliated with two major parties in the Kurdistan Region. Some parties and top political institutions expressed their support for the majority against Gorran’s call.

The spokesman for Groan, Mohammed Tawfiq Raheem believed that these responses to their call are “natural.”

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,
www.ekurd.netand 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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