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Barham Salih looks to inject new life into Kurdish politics

By Rudaw 2/10/2017
Barham Salih, founder of the Coalition for Democracy and Justice, addressing the Kurdistan Region in a televised speech on Monday.
Barham Salih, founder of the Coalition for Democracy and Justice, addressing the Kurdistan Region in a televised speech on Monday.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The newly formed Coalition for Democracy and Justice hopes to shed the politics of “corruption and monopoly” and inject new life into Kurdistan’s political sphere to find solutions to the “difficult crisis” facing the Region. 
“The difficult crisis which has currently engulfed the Kurds is the result of some centers of vested interest. Despite their party differences, their different names and their different mottos, they are of the same nature when it comes to having shared companies, the monopoly of power and procrastinating on the hardship of this nation,” founder of the Coalition Barham Salih said in a televised address on Monday evening.

Salih, a veteran politician and former member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leadership, registered his political entity with the electoral body in mid-September. He stated on Monday that his Coalition will run in parliamentary elections to be held on November 1. Presidential elections will also take place on the same date. 

He argued that one party or one region cannot resolve Kurdistan’s problems, but rather an alliance of various people and parties was necessary to find solutions, confront “corruption and monopoly,” and “enforce justice, which is the basis of good governance.” 

Salih has served as PUK’s second deputy. He has also previously been the prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from 2009 to 2012, and deputy prime minister of Iraq prior to that.



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yassir fekaiki | 2/10/2017
I hope you succeed in ousting the traitors of the people from their corrupt webs of deceit
FAUthman | 2/10/2017
Barham Salih is an impressive leader. But he is not clear on the referendum and what Massoud Barzani has accopmished for the Kurds. This constant dwelling on nepotism and corruptuin does not solve your problems in increasing your oil revenue and securing your region and not being treated like a vassal race. Your people have spoken with their 92% vote and that was a major accoplisment to make that happen. The referendum accomplished one thing and that was probably what Barzani was after. He did not and no one else did expect this would result in independence any time soon, BUT IT RESHUFFLED THE POLITICS OF THE REGION MAKING GOING BACK TO THE STATUS QUO IMPOSSIBLE, and that was what Barzani was after. Furthermore he wanted to accomplish that first then fade into the background and that is what will happen after Nov 1. He put Kurds' independence on the world stage whether the reaction that resulted was in favor of it or was against it. Very healthy that Barham Salih is getting more involved in Kurdistan politics and we wish him the best on Nov 1 and after!
Stewee Guy
Stewee Guy | 2/10/2017
Barham is 100% correct, if we don't clean and organize our house from the inside we'll never see our own country.
Muraz Adzhoev | 3/10/2017
Only independent sovereign democratic, secular federative state of Kurdistan based on the rule of law and the humanitarian cultural values, governed and managed by authorized institutions of sovereign political, administrative and judicial power - Constitutional Cuurt, Parliament, Government, President-Commander-In-Chief - IS MUCH NEEDED TO BE ESTABLISHED NOW IN ORDER TO SURVIVE AND RESOLVE ALL WELL KNOWN PROBLEMS. “All the rest comes from the evil one”.
t | 3/10/2017
grate... hope kurds get out of politics instead of emotions in the politics.. emotions in politics is to bee poor in speeCH and understanding, So Yes let's move on...... we need true speech and true and clear reasons and facts.... thats the staNDARD OF west and me and you should follow... still we can be kurds and what we want if not so please all the east faire or west of blood called come out..........

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