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 Gorran firm on call to abolish Kurdistan parliament refuses to apologize 

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Gorran firm on call to abolish Kurdistan parliament refuses to apologize  7.2.2011  





February 7, 2011

SULAIMANIYAH, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — The spokesman for the Gorran (change) Movement said his party will not step back from the call for dissolving the Kurdish parliament and government, stressing it is setting the stage for the campaign.

Last Saturday the major opposition party, Gorran, in the Kurdistan Region, northern Iraq, released a statement, condensing its demands in seven points. The party called the Kurdistan regional  government KRG to resign and demanded abolishing parliament to give way for a “transparent” voting.

The call received strong resistance from the major parties in the Region. Public demos also were organized to protest the call. Opposition mounted to its climax in the party affiliated media outlets.
                

Mohammed Tofiq Rahim, the spokesman of Gorran.
 
Speaking to AK news, Mohammed Tofiq Rahim held the major parties in Kurdistan responsible for the tensions following the release of the statement, while he stressed Gorran will not withdraw the call and does not take the responsibility for the concerns.

“We are working to enforce the statement,” he said, adding the call has provoked concerns in the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the two major parties and allies in Kurdistan.

Gorran will not apologize to anyone for releasing the statement, Rahim said, in response to the reports about a tripartite meeting of the opposition group, the PUK and KDP. He rejected the prospect of such a meeting as well.

Another Kurdish opposition party the Kurdistan Islamic Party (KIP) Saturday demanded the major parties and Goran to put an end to “slandering each other” and step forward for peaceful talks. After the statement there spread reports that the parties will calm the tensions in a tripartite meeting.

The Kurdistan Region president, Massoud Barzani, and the Iraqi president, Jalal Talabani, who lead the KDP and PUK respectively, are to meet today to discuss among other issues, the Gorran campaign against Kurdish administration and legislative body.

Gorran enjoys wide support in Kurdistan region. 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. It’s headed by the former senior PUK-leader Nawshirwan Mustafa,
www.ekurd.netwho 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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