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Some Political Parties in Iraqi Kurdistan Still Await Licenses

By RÛDAW 29/5/2013
The autonomous enclave’s interior ministry said it has so far granted legal permits to 38 political parties, and that licenses for eight others were still pending.
The autonomous enclave’s interior ministry said it has so far granted legal permits to 38 political parties, and that licenses for eight others were still pending.


By Arkan Ali

SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – Several political parties in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region complain they have been denied a license to operate, including the Kurdistan Democratic Solution Party (KDSP), which is affiliated with the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey.

The autonomous enclave’s interior ministry said it has so far granted legal permits to 38 political parties, and that licenses for eight others were still pending.

“So far, our application for legal status has been denied twice,” said Muhammad Abdulla, a KDSP official.  “The interior ministry told us the legality of KDSP is questionable, but I don’t know what this means,” he said.

Founded in 2002, KDSP is affiliated with the PKK.  Even though the party is not licensed to operate legally in Kurdistan, it was allowed to participate in the 2005 election, when it failed to win a single parliamentary seat.

“The denial of our applications is rather political than legal,” Abdulla claimed, adding that neighboring countries were influencing Kurdistan authorities.

The Kurdistan Leftist Party is another newly formed political party that has failed to obtain a license since its formation in 2011.

Nawroz Sidiq, a member of the party’s politburo, maintained that unlike the other political parties, his group has pledged to promote pluralism.

He said the party had applied for legal status two years ago, but has not heard back from the ministry.  “It is clear that the ministry doesn’t want to grant us a license. We will use other means if the authorities continue to ignore us,” he warned.

Interior ministry official Khalil Abbas said that his department, which deals with political parties,  has revoked the licenses of only two parties since 2003, when the Kurdistan Region gained autonomy.

“The Kurdish Labor Party and the Democratic Movement of Kurdistan’s licenses were revoked due to legal and their own domestic issues,” he said.

“Every political party that meets the interior ministry’s requirements must be granted legal permission to conduct its political activities,” said Jabar Muhammad, the head of the Political Science Association. “Otherwise they should be instantly informed that their application is denied, instead of making them wait forever,” he added.


Comments

 
Polla | 29/5/2013
Even states with a population of over 100 million dont have so much parties like the small south Kurdistan. Thats divide Kurdistan only more. All the failed small parties, who dont even get 1% of the votes still dont give up and they even split, so that we get more and more of them. Kurdistan already have 15 or 20 leftist communist parties, who all failed, but still new parties come, thats stupid.
Arjun | 30/5/2013
There shouldn't be so many parties for just a population of five million. It will just cause more division among the people!
Haval | 31/5/2013
No its not stupid. Whats stupid is a corrupt government who is afraid of more political parties because it will give them competition. And they dont want any real competion. They want to keep the status quo so they can go on and fill their endless pockets. Their time has come, they have stolen enough from the kurdish people....
Proud Kurd | 31/5/2013
Bla Bla Bla, the KDP is so bad Bla Bla Bla man calm down, the KDP is the strongest Party in Kurdistan, so they must rule. And Kurdistan is booming under KDPs rule, look to other countries in the middel east, they are all failed, but a autonomous region get prosperity and wealth in only some years. What do you mean with status quo, typical anti KDP mentality, KDP get the most votes, what should they do, should they give the opposition all the power? The oppopsition dont undrstand how democracy works, they wanted do destroy Kurdistan with bringing the so called arab spring to Kurdistan, now they talk like that they are the strongest parties in Kurdistan, they dont understand that opposition means minority not power. The opposition should learn to shut up some time.
Duhoki | 1/6/2013
No they are not the strongest party in kurdistan, you dont know how it goes down here or you're blind. In our badini areas people get harassed for their support for the opposition, people get killed!! Most of their votes are because people get paid from the kdp. Yes indeed if you make 10,0000 a month without doing anything, why wouldnt you vote barzani? And torture and kill for him? The KDP is using the country as their own family business, if they would invest all the oil money in kurdistan, kurdistan would be one of the strongest nations in middle east. But they dont, they use it as if it is their own oil, from their backyard!!
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