ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Gorran will hold its internal party elections after the Kurdistan Region parliamentary election. All positions will be up for grabs, said the party that has been facing internal and external criticism.
"In order to update and reorganize, we will have our internal election after the parliamentary election in the Kurdistan Region. All positions are open to change,” Gorran announced after a meeting of its general council on Thursday.
The Kurdistan Region will hold parliamentary elections on September 30.
Gorran was founded in 2009 as a breakaway party from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). Under its leader Nawshirwan Mustafa, the party campaigned against corruption and nepotism in Kurdish politics.
The party has struggled in the wake of the death of Mustafa in May 2017.
A senior party official to Al-Monitor that Mustafa’s sons have seized control of the party’s finances and are now holding Gorran “hostage.”
In its meeting on Thursday, Gorran decided to hold conferences in all four Kurdistan Region provinces “in order to get the opinion of our members about all important issues.”
They did not give a date for the conferences, but said they would take place “soon.”
The statement thanked the party’s critics, and gave assurances that Gorran will remain committed to its core principles.
"We will not allow Gorran to divert from its fundamental principles and goals under any condition or obstacle," Gorran emphasized.
Gorran, which came second to the KDP in the last Kurdistan Region parliamentary elections, has formed working alliances with other opposition parties like KIU and CDJ. The party said it would continue to establish alliances or even a bloc with all parties that defend the rights of the people.