A high-ranking Change Movement (Gorran) delegation led by Omer Saed Ali (third on right) visited Jalal Talabani (on Ali's right) , secretary general of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Dabashan heights in Sulaimani. Photo: PUKmedia
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Change Movement (Gorran) reiterated its call on the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to implement their milestone cooperation agreement signed in May 2016 with the ailing PUK leader Jalal Talabani and the late Gorran leader Nawshirwan Mustafa attending the signing ceremony.
Marking the PUK’S 42nd anniversary, the Change Movement sent a congratulatory message to the party saying, “We are expecting you to play your role in resolving the political, legal, administrative, and financial crises of the Kurdistan Region.”
The statement added, “The best step taken to this purpose is implementing the May 17, 2016 agreement between the Change Movement and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.”
A high-ranking Gorran delegation visited Talabani at his residence in the Dabashan Heights in Sulaimani on Thursday. The delegation consisted of Omer Saeed Ali, Jamal Mohammed, Qadr Haji Ali, Mohammed Tofiq Rahim, and Aram Sheikh Mohammed.
Jalal Talabani, the former Iraqi president and official leader of the PUK, largely disappeared from the country's political scene after suffering a stroke in December 2012.
Gorran split from the PUK in 2009, becoming the Kurdistan Region’s first strong opposition party. It later joined the Kurdistan Democratic Party-led (KDP) broad-based government in 2013.
The PUK and Gorran seek to mend their relations in order to improve their political positions.
The founder and leader of Gorran, Nawshirwan Mustafa, who died at the age of 73 in Sulaimani on May 19, was one of the seven founding members of the PUK in 1975.
Following Mustafa's death, the PUK issued a statement of mourning, calling for a "reunion" of both parties in memory of Mustafa’s PUK membership.
“Despite the differences between us, we would like to have a reunion as the last solution between the PUK and Gorran, as we have said it many times,” the statement read.
In its message on the PUK’s anniversary, Gorran hailed the party as “playing important and considerable roles in several crucial occasions in our nation’s peaceful movements.”
Highlighting unresolved political stalemates and the financial crisis, the statement added “The political process has reached deadlock. The Kurdistan parliament is paralyzed. The financial crisis has engulfed the people of Kurdistan, and the livelihood of the people is getting worse day after day.”
The Kurdish parliament has not convened since October 2015 amid a row between Gorran and the ruling KDP.