Gorran firm on call to abolish Kurdistan
parliament refuses to apologize
February 7, 2011
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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