Fuad Hussein, chief of staff to the Kurdistan Region presidency.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The Chief of Staff of Kurdistan Region’s president believes that an initiative announced by the president last week to end the political deadlock in the region, reactivate the parliament and solve the issue of presidency is a good way out of the current stalemate and left for the parties to discuss and decide.
President Masoud Barzani’s Chief of Staff, Fuad Hussein told Rudaw the president’s initiative was a message for Kurdistan’s political parties, the people of Kurdistan and the outside world.
“The message for the Kurdish political groups was that they need to come together and find a solution for the issues the Kurdish society is dealing with now,” he said. “Political issues, the law and institutions.”
Hussein said that the message for Kurdish people was that the Kurdistan Region as a whole must solve its issues and move on to the next stage while “For the world around us it is that Kurds solve their disputes through politics and dialogue.”
The president’s chief of staff described Barzani’s initiative as a roadmap “for finding a solution but the mechanism of that solution is a different matter.”
“The president has made the call and he asks the parties to sit together and discuss it, then it remains to be seen which parties will meet, when and how and who will lead the initiative,” said Hussein.
President Barzani called on political groups last week to find a way to reactivate the parliament that has been dysfunctional for more than a year and a candidate for the presidency before the next general election.
Most parties have since responded positively to Barzani’s message and shown readiness for talks.
Hussein added that Barzani is in the meantime head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) which means the initiative is in fact coming from the biggest political party and therefore carries more weight.
However, suggested Hussein, “for the initiative to succeed it would be better if it is led jointly with the PUK,”
He argued that the PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) is still an ally of the KDP in government and the two have a history of running the government together.