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Finance minister resigns from Gorran to support referendum

By Rudaw 18/9/2017
Rebaz Hamlan, Kurdistan's Finances Ministremhas said that he will end his relations with Gorran from SEptember 18, 2017. File photo: Rudaw
Rebaz Hamlan, Kurdistan's Finances Ministremhas said that he will end his relations with Gorran from SEptember 18, 2017. File photo: Rudaw
SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – Finance Minister Rebaz Hamlan has ended his membership in Gorran on Monday, saying the party’s lack of support for the Kurdistan independence referendum pushed him to do so. 
 
Hamlan is still officially a minister but has been suspended from working in his post since October 2015 when tensions rose between Gorran and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
 
Hamlan said he could not remain a member of Gorran as the party was not ready to support the referendum and exercising the right to self-determination at this time, even after the KDP dropped all of its conditions to bring back his party to the parliament.
 
As the son of a Peshmerga, Hamlin said he found it necessary to support the independence vote that is both a “national” and “decisive” matter for Kurdistan in the face of global pressure.
 
“I will resign from this point and will end all my relations with Gorran,” Hamlan said.
 
Gorran, Kurdistan’s second largest party, refused to attend the first session of the Kurdistan parliament in two years. In the Friday session, the legislature voted to back the September 25 referendum.
 
Gorran and the Kurdistan Islamic Group (Komal), which boycotted the Friday session citing a breach of procedures leading to the sitting, have maintained that the parliament is the right institution to call for the referendum.
 
Gorran’s parliamentary faction said at a press conference on Friday that while they did not attend the session, they believe Kurds have the right to self-determination and eventually an independent state, when the time and conditions are right.

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Mohamedzzz | 18/9/2017
Join forces to free Kurds from tyranny, Biji Free and Independent Kurdistan.
Azad | 18/9/2017
Gorran claim the referendum is Barzani trying to earn votes and deflect attention from regional controversies that they unfairly blame on him. In reality Gorran are against referendum because they are financed and supported by Baghdad and Iran. Unlike KDP who have close ties with Turkey but still chose kurdish independence over their alliance with turks, Gorran refuses to sideline their alliance with Baghdad and Tehran. For Gorran getting their paychack and diplomatic support from Maliki and Ayatollahs is more important than kurdish independence. Gorran is picking their own party over Kurdistan. They know full well that neither Baghdad nor Iran will EVER accept the notion of referendum and independence. Yet Gorran continues to claim that its "not time yet" like somehow one day we will wake up and Iran and Baghdad will happily give us independence. And Gorran expect us to believe this. They are all lying. The only reason Gorran is against referendum is because they don't want to lose support from Baghdad and Iran. For Gorran fighting KDP is more important than kurdish independence. Its the classic kurdish infighting and this time its all because of Gorran.
A Concern Kurd | 18/9/2017
Congratulations, you are a courages person. Head back to parliament and do what people, elected you, want from you. Hope you set an example for all other MPs.
zardalan laki | 18/9/2017
Yes, yes, yes to Referendum
Kurdish State | 18/9/2017
A patriotic man of honour and courage . He has finally sided with independence and joined all Kurdish patriots .
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