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Kurdistan

Rival Kurdistan Region parties sign deal to end political stalemate, develop relations

By Rudaw 17/5/2016
PUK and Gorran  officials sign an historic agreement in Sulaimani, with PUK leader Jalal Talabani seated in between. Rudaw photo.
PUK and Gorran officials sign an historic agreement in Sulaimani, with PUK leader Jalal Talabani seated in between. Rudaw photo.
SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and its breakaway Change Movement (Gorran) signed an important agreement Tuesday, ending seven years of separation, political stalemate and  rivalry.

The official signing in the city of Sulaimani came after both the PUK and Gorran leaderships separately approved the agreement Saturday to develop relations.

Although the details of the agreement have not been fully disclosed, the drafting of the deal was done by a high-level mutual committee from both parties.

The agreement was signed by the PUK’s Kosrat Rasul Ali and Gorran’s Nawshirwan Mustafa, with other senior leaders present.  Jalal Talabani, the former Iraqi president who still officially leads the PUK but largely disappeared from the country's political scene since suffering a stroke in December 2012, sat between the two party leaders.

Gorran split from the PUK in 2009, becoming Kurdistan’s first strong opposition party. It later joined the broad-based Kurdish government.

Mending relations with PUK is an attempt by Gorran to improve its political position.

Political rivalries in Kurdistan intensified after angry protesters stormed and torched several offices of the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) across Sulaimani province in early October, in a series of violent demonstrations that sent shockwaves through the region. Since then, no serious attempts were made at reconciliation.

Following the violence, the KDP announced it would no longer recognize Gorran member and Parliament Speaker Youssef Muhammad. The parliament has remained paralyzed since then.

 

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K | 17/5/2016
Good move.. Well done and congratulations.
Kajik | 17/5/2016
Gorrans only political agenda is to be against KDP. They have not produced anything else then burning of buildings and killing of innocent people. Now they need PUK to be their bodyguard when they will try to create another Kurdish war.
FAUthman | 17/5/2016
Be aware of this:"KDP has 38 seats in parliament, the PUK and Gorran collectively have 42. Even if the KDP were to refuse to comply with the PUK and Gorran, it could probably work with other Kurdish parties to attain the other 14 seats required to form a government." This agreement, we gather from other reports, stipulates that parliament will select the president and not the people in a general presidential election (like in the USA). Whether this Gorran/PUK agreement will be a game changer in Kurdistan politics remains to be seen when the Kurdistan constitution is finally ratified and in the period until then.
Kurd | 17/5/2016
Puk and Gorran are evil and they work against Kurdish people, they are lineup with Iran and Iraq government to keep Iraq presidency in lo to stop Kurdish independent. All they doing is to united against Kurdish people and stop Barzani from declaring Kurdistan as independent country.
Idiotic | 17/5/2016
The lack of cooperation between these parties is hurting Kurdistan.
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