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Gorran will elect new leader only after mourning period

By Mahmood Y. Kurdi 1/6/2017
Mourners grieve the passing of Gorran founder Nawshirwan Mustafa. He died on May 19. Photo: Sartip Othman/Rudaw
Mourners grieve the passing of Gorran founder Nawshirwan Mustafa. He died on May 19. Photo: Sartip Othman/Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Change Movement (Gorran) does not plan to discuss replacing deceased party leader Nawshirwan Mustafa until after a memorial service traditionally held 40 days after a death. 
“There is still no will as to how the position of the General Coordinator is filled. However, the Gorran party has strong establishments and many fans and members. That is why we are waiting until the emotional situations caused by the passing of Nawshirwan calm down,” Raauf Osman, secretary of the party’s General Assembly, told Rudaw.

Gorran’s General Assembly, a political consultation establishment, will meet before the party’s National Assembly meets, but there is still no clear idea as to the replacement of the party leader.
The leader of the Gorran party is elected every two years and can hold the position for a maximum of three terms. Osman, a close and old friend of Nawshirwan Mustafa, thinks that replacing him will not be easy.
“The duties of the next General Coordinator aren’t going to be easy. And this is not because the previous General Coordinator has passed away. Rather, it is because the conditions of the Kurdistan Region are shaky. There are many political, legal, and economic crises in the Region, and confronting these situations isn’t easy,” Osman said.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), which has twice called upon Gorran to reunite the two parties in statements it issued on the occasion of Mustafa’s death, is hopeful they will have good relations with whoever Gorran elects as their new leader. 
“Electing a leader or forming a leadership committee is an internal matter of the Gorran party. Decisions on this matter are related to them. We will be dealing with anyone who becomes their leader,” Mustafa Chawrash, PUK leadership member said.

He noted that many of the Gorran people originate from the PUK. “They understand power balance and the PUK politics well. I think the final decision will rest with these people,” he said.
Gorran is second to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in terms of parliamentary seats and vote share. It is in disagreement with the KDP over amending the Kurdistan Region’s presidency law and reopening the parliament.

“We can’t decide on behalf of the Gorran party. The KDP will respect and deal with any leadership committee they might form or any decision they take on someone to replace Nawshirwan. The KDP has problems with no one within the Gorran party. Rather, it had observations on the politics of the persons,” Ali Hussein, KDP leadership member, told Rudaw.
Internal elections within Gorran are now overdue. They should have been held last year. According to the Gorran party’s by-laws, the National Assembly is the highest body of the party. Its term has now finished, with no decisions to extend its term. 
According to article 12 in Gorran party’s by-laws, the ‘Enforcement Body’ should have been formed, which plays the role of politburo and is responsible for execution of the decisions and recommendations of the National Assembly. This body has not been formed after three years. In the absence of the party leader, a member of this body will be assigned to fulfill the duties of the party leader.

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