Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Kurdistan

LIVE: CDJ founders elect Aram Qadir to lead new 'National Coaliton'

By Rudaw 9/11/2018
Aram Qadir speaks with reporters in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, on November 9, 2018, after being elected head of the National Coalition, formerly the Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ).
Aram Qadir speaks with reporters in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, on November 9, 2018, after being elected head of the National Coalition, formerly the Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ).

Some 244 of 350 founding members of the CDJ elected Aram Qadir to lead the rebranded 'National Coaliton.'

 

"I thank the faith of each member of the Coalition," said Qadir after being elected.

Many CDJ supporters were dissatisfied members of the PUK or other parties primarily from Sulaimani province.

"We want to, from today on, leave the past behind, not talk of the past again..." he said. 

CDJ did not win any seats in the Kurdistan Region's parliamentary election, as the previous leader Barham Salih called on the party not to run.

"We want for the next four years to implement a robust program through drawing up a strategy to compensate the damage incurred by the coalition," calling for "reformers" to make change.

The National Coalition plans to run in future elections. Iraq was expected to hold a provincial election in December, although slow government formation likely means they will need more time for preparations.

"We announce from here that we will start the election campaigning for the next election to turn the Coalition into an effective and impacting force in the Kurdistan Region."


------

 

2:57 p.m.


CDJ now is 'The National Coalition', 2 Iraqi MPs say they'll remain loyal

 

CDJ’s two MPs in the Iraqi parliament, Abdulbari Majid and Rebwar Karim, wrote on Friday that they will continue their work in Baghdad.

 

“We are of the thinking that whatever decision concerning the future of the Coalition is made, let it be everyone’s decision,” read the letter.

 

It was addressed to the Coalition of Democracy and Justice’s founding members and to the executive and general councils.

 

It claimed their numbers would be larger in Baghdad if elections were “clean.”

 

They vowed to not join any other factions and work directly and continuously with Iraqi President Barham Salih.

 

“Our direct relation with Mr. Dr. Barham Salih is continuous. We hold discussions with him about all the topics, and we will continue doing so. We fully support him for the programs and plans he has for serving the people of Iraq and Kurdistan.

 

The letter in its entirety:

 

It is known to all of you that we worked diligently from the very beginning to make the Coalition entity succeed. At the time when we were given the duty of heading the list, we went from house to house, bazar, alleys and streets restlessly and voiced Coalition’s message to the people. If the elections had been clean and flawless, then we surely would have been a considerable number of Coalition’s representatives in the Iraqi parliament.

 

We present the following points forth to you concerning the future of the coalition:

 

1 - The Coalition, before being a political entity, is a clear message of serving people. That is why, we insist and will work on the message of Coalition and the promises we gave to the people.

 

2 - We are of the thinking that whatever decision concerning the future of the Coalition is made, let it be everyone’s decision, be it a decision to dissolve or continue. We believe that Coalition’s continuation in its current form and type isn’t easy or good.

 

3 - We, as long as coalition remains, will be the Coalition Faction and haven’t merged with any other faction, and we also have the same stance as any force that truthfully works on achieving the rights of the people of Kurdistan.

 

4 - Our direct relation with Mr. Dr. Barham Salih is continuous. We hold discussions with him about all the topics, and we will continue doing so. We fully support him for the programs and plans he has for serving the people of Iraq and Kurdistan.

 

------

 


CDJ Founding Board member Mohammed Rauf speaks at an exceptional party congress in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, on November 9, 2018. Photo: Rudaw TV

 

12:01 p.m.


CDJ renames itself 'The National Coalition'

 

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ) voted to continue as a political party after calls by party founder Barham Salih, who has since returned to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), to dissolve. The party is set to choose new leadership on Friday and have already decided to rebrand the party as "The National Coalition."


"Today, in this exceptional congress, the decision to revise, change, and continue for the CDJ is in your hands,” Mohammed Rauf, a member of its Founding Board, said in a speech in the party congress held in Erbil.

In the ensuing vote that took place, members voted for the CDJ to remain as a political party.

"That is why, today in this congress, we will undertake two important tasks: The decision to continue with necessary changes and tweaks — we will determine that in a general public voting. Second, filling the gap of the presidency... it will be determined through secret voting," added Rauf.

Now Iraqi President Salih founded the CDJ in September 2017 and won just two seats in the Iraqi parliamentary election in May.

"Dear CDJ members, the Coalition for Democracy and Justice came to existence during a time of when Kurdistan was plagued with many political, economic, cultural, and social issues and crisis."

Kurdistan was divided ideologically, socially, along party lines, and class.

"This became the main factor, encouraging us to adopt a new path in political work and find a mutual vision for our society," added Rauf.

Under the leadership of Salih, CDJ did not run as a party in the Kurdistan Region’s parliamentary election on September 30. Some party members ran, but did not earn enough votes for seats.

Rauf claimed they were the torchbearers of "civilized" campaigning in the elections, symbolizing co-existence and calm. He argued the CDJ has faced hurdles like election rigging, and Salih and others’ departure. 

Their discourse is to end political and partisan extremism, to stop mixing party interests with public and national interests, and election fraud.

"We will intensify our efforts so that in the next period, we become a source of hope of the largest number of populace, the citizens of Kurdistan, and fermenter of uniting the forces of good."

The congress will continue until 1 p.m., so it will see new leaders elected to fill the position of party founder.

Since Salih’s departure, there has been uncertainty over what would happen to the party. He has reportedly called for dissolution of party, if not for a name change. 

 

Near midday they announced they would change their name to "The National Coalition."

 

Additionally a Political Council, Executive Council, and Representatives' Council have been established for general party formation.

Comments

 
Treson | 9/11/2018
A new party is created to divide once more Kurdistan ,to abolish Kurdish Governement and institutions and to submit Kurdistan to the Arabs in exchange for money and position . Shere treason, treason after treason.
Post a New Comment
Comment as a guest or Login for more enhanced interactive experience

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

Hhsh | 11/15/2018 7:23:15 AM
Wow great move turkey. NOT killing the PKK is one thing but targeting them and killing peshmerga even if by accident BIG MISTAKE!
Turkish airstrikes kill at least 3 people including Peshmerga in Amedi
| 15/11/2018 | (1)
The Reader | 11/14/2018 10:34:54 PM
Who can explain why does the USA fear Erdogan? Turkey hates and humiliates the Americans while the US, fearful, bows to Turkey and behaves ...
Tahir Fatah | 11/15/2018 6:09:44 AM
MR. ROMANO, I ALL WAYS APPRECIATE YOUR GRATE AND INTERESTING ARTICLES LEARN A LOT ABOUT THE HISTORY AND POLITICS OF THE LAND WHERE I CAME FROM...
Erdogan, Ottomanism and Turkish nationalism a century after WWI
| 14/11/2018 | (4)
Yassir Fekaiki
Yassir Fekaiki | 11/14/2018 3:37:53 PM
He should contact Bafel Talabany' and his Cunter Terrorists Group who own and use the real $500,000 ones for fun on London streets with Registration...
Saleha Bhayat | 11/15/2018 2:02:12 AM
Well Done on building your super car.
Kurdish chop shop builds homemade Lamborghini
| 14/11/2018 | (2)
JamKurd | 11/15/2018 12:43:11 AM
This Daesh SOB should be delivered to the Kurds to be executed with families of the Peshmarga martyred participate in tightening the noose around...
Senior ISIS leader confesses to capturing, parading Peshmerga
| 14/11/2018 | (1)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

British Kurds protest passport confiscations 7 hours ago |

British Kurds protest passport confiscations

"During the Baathist era no one dared say his more
Rojava women demand role in drafting Syria’s constitution 8 hours ago |

Rojava women demand role in drafting Syria’s constitution

"Women’s rights must be enshrined in it" more
IS loses holdout in south Syria, faces deadly air raids in east 11 hours ago |

IS loses holdout in south Syria, faces deadly air raids in east

IS fighters withdrew and headed east into the more
0.172 seconds