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Gorran asks members: Do we join new government or enter opposition?

By Rudaw 30/10/2018
Gorran supporters at a political rally. File photo: Sartip Othman / Rudaw
Gorran supporters at a political rally. File photo: Sartip Othman / Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Change Movement (Gorran) is surveying its members and “friends” before it decides whether to participate in the next Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) or go into opposition. The survey could be complete within the next three days.

Hemin Shiekhani, a member of Gorran’s National Council and head of its office in Erbil, told Rudaw his party is canvassing the opinion of its supporters.

“The survey is in the following form: ‘should Gorran participate in the Kurdistan Regional Government or not? If yes, why? If not, then why?’” Shiekhani said.

Once complete, the results of the survey will be considered at a national council meeting, where the final decision will be made.

Rudaw has learned that Gorran has already prepared a list of candidates for the post of deputy prime minister and the heads of several other ministries.

“Our condition is for our party’s political program, just like every other party, to be embedded into the government’s program,” Nzar Mahmoud, another member of Gorran’s national council, told Rudaw.

The party’s electoral weight entitles it to some measure of influence in the next government, Mahmoud added.

Gorran lost half its seats in the Kurdistan Region’s parliamentary election of September 30, falling from 24 MPs to just 12. Its poor performance pushed it into a distant third behind the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) with 21 seats and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) with 45. 

Komal, like Gorran, is also assessing whether or not to participate in the government. New Generation and the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU), meanwhile, have already said they will enter opposition.


Muraz Adzhoev | 30/10/2018
It depends on what Gorran’s leadership is looking for - either for sovereign reintegration and independence of Southern Kurdistan from deadly failed, hostile arab islamic Iraq in accordance with the national-patriotic will of the People or for “northern (autonomous) Region” of arab islamic Iraq. In fact there are no opposition parties in Kurdistan, but there are some opportunistic political and religious organizations in Kurdistan, acting against the inalienable rights and interests of the People of Southern Kurdistan and the sovereign authorities of the Kurdistan Region, against the true national-patriotic forces of Southern Kurdistan led by the KDP and personally by Masoud Mustafa Barzani.

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