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Gorran slams Kurdistan parliament's first session

By Rudaw 15/9/2017
Kurdistan parliament held its first session in two years after it was closed in October 2015 because of tensions between KDP and Gorran. File photo: Rudaw/Farzin Hassan
Kurdistan parliament held its first session in two years after it was closed in October 2015 because of tensions between KDP and Gorran. File photo: Rudaw/Farzin Hassan
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Gorran has called the Kurdistan parliament session that its faction boycotted a continuation of a “coup” carried out by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) with total silence from some parties.
 
In its first session since October 2015, the parliament voted on Friday to approve holding the independence referendum on September 25. The session was boycotted by Gorran’s 24 MPs and the six MPs from the Kurdistan Islamic Group (Komal).
 
Sixty-five MPs from the 111-seat legislature voted in favor of the motion tasking the Kurdistan election body with holding the referendum.
 
It also approved all decisions and procedures taken by the High Referendum Council that was formed by the majority of parties. 
 
“This is legitimizing the illegitimate High Referendum Council,” said Burzo Majeed, reading a statement from his party.
 
He said it is Gorran’s belief that the Kurdistan parliament is the right institution to decide on the vital referendum matter, but they do not agree with the way the session was held.
 
Gorran said prior to the parliament sitting that their faction would not attend due to a breach in parliamentary procedures leading to the session. The party believes the parliament speaker, a Gorran member, should have convened the legislature instead of his deputy who is from the KDP.
 
Gorran takes credit for introducing the first parliamentary opposition when it won 25 seats in the 2009 general elections and then 24 seats in 2013.
 
Majeed said they wanted the parliament to play an active role, but the Kurdish government has resisted this since parliament’s foundation in 1992. He said his party never wanted the parliament to take “orders from political parties.”
 
The two years the parliament was shut created the right environment for the KDP-led government to take certain measures that worsened the financial situation of the people, he claimed.  
 
He stopped short of opposing the Kurdistan referendum, stating that Gorran supports a vote on independence under certain conditions when the “time is right.”
 
He said that Gorran has believed in an independent state for Kurdistan since day one and that principle was upheld by the party’s late leader Nawshirwan Mustafa in his Newroz speech in 2012. 
 
The presidency law is also at the heart of Gorran’s parliamentary work, Majeed explained.
 
Barzani’s term in office and the debate about what system should Kurdistan have — presidential as promoted by Barzani’s KDP or parliamentarian as almost all other major parties demand — have been the main factors behind the political stalemate that shut the parliament for two years.
 
Barzani's term in office ended in 2013 after he served two four-year terms. It was then extended for two years by an act from parliament, then dominated by the KDP and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). It was further extended by a Kurdish court when the political parties failed to reach a negotiated solution.

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Kurd | 15/9/2017
Shame on Goran
Mêrxas | 15/9/2017
Oh Gorran and Komala islami you are such a shame for your country! Every Kurd and Kurdish party and organization is supporting the referendum but you. Do you know who is against the referendum too? Terrorist state of turkey, criminal mullah regime and the failed state of iraq. Do you really want to be with them in a list? I hope the Kurdish people will punish you in the next elections! Nobody can stop the independence! YES to independence! YES to Kurdistan!
Adam | 16/9/2017
You go to hell Gorran and comal islamic jash of Iran, well done KDP and PUK for uncovering the reality of these two traitors, now people of Kurdistan can see the true ugly face of them.
duroi | 16/9/2017
Gorran (i.e. change) party, made the decision to sit out the biggest change in the history of Kurdistan nation. Gorran has turned into a big joke, a farce. There will be a day of reckoning for Gorran, and that day, the day of next parliamentary elections, is very close.
A Kurd in exile | 16/9/2017
The members of Gorran and the Kurdistan Islamic Group (Komal) who boycotted the Kurdistan Parliament and did not vote for the referendum can all go straight to HELL. They are a disgrace to the Kurdish Nation.
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