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


Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using





PM Barzani visits Nawshirwan Mustafa's tomb to pay respect to the Kurdish leader

By Rudaw 22/5/2017

SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region –  In light of the passing of the leader of the Change Movement (Gorran) Nawshirwan Mustafa, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani while in Sulaimani urged resolutions for economic and political problems that have plagued the Kurdistan Region.

“We hope the funeral becomes an opportunity for resolving the problems,” said Barzani while visiting the gravesite of Mustafa on Monday to place flowers on the tomb and pay tribute to him.

Barzani hailed Mustafa as an influential leader of the Kurdish struggle, saying he played an important role “in drafting the Iraqi constitutions” after the fall of the Baathist regime in 2003.

Barzani, who is also the deputy head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), also said the deceased Gorran leader “played a crucial role in succeeding the Kurdish uprising” in 1991 against the former Baathist regime.

Mustafa is locally known as the mastermind of the popular Kurdish uprising in 1991 after the first Gulf War against the then Iraqi regime.

The Prime Minister said in the past they had done mutual work with Mustafa on many occasions. 

Gorran broke away from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in 2009 and steadily grew larger than its parent party. 

The KDP-led government in 2013 entered into negotiations with Gorran and agreed on a broad-based cabinet in which Gorran had hefty positions, including the ministries of finance, Peshmerga, as well as the post of parliament speaker.

Relations between the KDP and Gorran deteriorated in October 2015 when the KDP sacked Gorran ministers and its Speaker of Parliament Yousif Mohammed, who took office after a deal with the KDP following the inconclusive elections in 2013, after days of demonstrations that resulted in the deaths of several KDP members.

The KDP had accused Gorran of orchestrating the riots. Gorran denied the accusations. 

The tensions between the two parties had also remained strained when the speaker refused to cancel a parliamentary session in 2015 planned to discuss President Masoud Barzani's second term in office which was due to expire on August 19 that year. 

Barzani recalled that "there were undoubtedly differences," between the two parties but  "achievements made between the two sides outnumber rivalries," which deteriorated the two parties’ relations.

For his part, Omer Saed Ali, a senior Gorran member echoed the need for “resolving the issues” in the Kurdistan Region and urged "dialogue" to put an end to the KDP-Gorran rivalries through "brotherhood."

After a long battle with illness, the 73-year-old Mustafa died in Sulaimani on Friday and was buried on Saturday in Zargata Hill in Sulaimani.

Mustafa was a Peshmerga fighter and founding member of the PUK in 1976 by the former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.


His life has ended with death, let's end all rivaleries and disputes , and unite under the banner of the Kurdish independence. Leaders die but the nation's longstanding problems should not remain unresolved.

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

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

What You Say

JamKurd | 5/24/2018 12:56:50 PM
With the brutal occupation of Kirkuk. You still lost because of a simple fact Kirkuk is a Majority And historically Kurd City. How many of you...
Kirkuk Arabs and Turkmen protest election fraud
| 18 hours ago | (1)
KRG | 5/24/2018 11:50:53 AM
A good step but will change nothing.
Shivan | 5/24/2018 12:25:27 PM
When are the Kurds going to grow up. Unity is the only way if you have Kurdistan in heart.
Updated: Votes will be counted manually in Kurdish elections, commission rules
| 20 hours ago | (3)
Outsider | 5/23/2018 10:30:59 PM
After the referendum going back to kiss...
Typical | 5/24/2018 8:05:34 AM
Again losing
KDP, PUK meet separately with Abadi in Baghdad
| yesterday at 07:11 | (2)
cubricus | 5/22/2018 7:40:43 PM
I can tell you why they were shot at. Because they didn't stop, forcing the police to chase them. Yes, you can get shot then. And economic migrants...
Outsider | 5/24/2018 8:02:45 AM
I feel sorry for the child and its parents!
Kurdish family wants answers after 2-year-old killed in Belgian police chase
| 22/5/2018 | (3)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Restaurants, shops see abnormal decrease in sales this Ramadan 16 hours ago |

Restaurants, shops see abnormal decrease in sales this Ramadan

Price hikes during Ramadan? more
3 dead, 2 injured in Erbil rollercoaster accident 17 hours ago |

3 dead, 2 injured in Erbil rollercoaster accident

Three people have been detained in connection more
Kirkuk Arabs and Turkmen protest election fraud 18 hours ago | (1)

Kirkuk Arabs and Turkmen protest election fraud

"If the fraud isn’t disclosed, then the more
0.453 seconds