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Kurdish Gorran party may play opposition in the new Maliki's gov't  24.12.2010  

December 24, 2010

,— The Kurdish opposition movement Gorran "Change" is likely to play opposition in Nuri al-Maliki's government despite attempts by the Kurdish Blocs Coalition (KBC) to reconcile it in an attempt to unite all Kurds in Baghdad.

Gorran boycotted Maliki's government in Parliament's Tuesday session for the "poor commitment of the Prime Minister to form a national partnership government" accusing him and the KBC of a behind-the-curtain deal to squeeze it out of the political process in Iraq by depriving it from ministerial portfolios.

Gorran is an opposition movement in the parliament of Kurdistan as well and splintered from the KBC late October due to disputes with the other key KBC factions - the KDP and PUK - over the mechanism of passing a bill in the parliament which enables the setup of an electoral commission to conduct referendums and  

Kurdish Gorran party may play opposition in the new Maliki's gov't.

elections instead of the current Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) tasked with the job all over Iraq.

The major factions that, Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), also dominate the parliament wanted to pass the law with a majority vote while the Gorran and other opposition groups wanted it to be passed by a two-third majority that would give them power to reject the bill.

"There are pressures put on the bloc to return to the KBC by many parties, most notably by the National Coalition (Maliki's bloc)" said Latif Mustafa, member of Gorran.

Gorran has eight seats in the Iraqi parliament and demands the position of deputy prime minister and at least two public service ministries in the new cabinet. The KBC has about 50 seats in the parliament with five ministries - including the foreign affairs.

Mustafa assured that there are no assurances that his bloc will not form opposition. "Real democracy cannot be achieved without real political opposition"

He accused all the political blocs of "pretending to form a new democratic system but this system needs authority and opposition" which is not the case in the current Iraqi government.

The democratic system is incomplete since it lacks the opposition, Mustafa said.

"If the political situation continued this way, then nothing can stand in the way of Gorran to announce its opposition role in a democratic way and nothing can prevent its members from becoming real opposition MPs" he said.

Iraqi parliament voted for Maliki's cabinet where 32 ministers out of 42 were sworn in. The rest of the ministries were not announced because Maliki wanted to "make the right choice" for the key ministries of the Interior,
www.ekurd.netDefense and National Security which he is currently supervising.

And to give women a better share in the new government after they were completely kept out of the government structure on Tuesday. Iraqi government's previous cabinet included four women ministers.

Despite their disappointment with the new cabinet, the women MPs voted for it because they "did not want to prolong the suffering of the Iraqi people who have waited for so long" to see a new government.

In the session, Maliki vowed he would not enter the parliament again without women ministers and that he hoed his new cabinet would different from the previous one by having more women ministers.

Gorran emerged in regional elections in 2009 as a rival to the two main ruling Kurdish parties and won 25 seats in the Kurdish parliament. Gorran is challenging Talabani's PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan),
www.ekurd.netand the KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party), of regional president Massoud Barzani and accuses the parties of corruption.

The Gorran headed by the former senior PUK-leader Nawshirwan Mustafa, who was Talabani’s deputy until 2007. Since the July 2009 elections in which it secured almost a third of the seats of 111-member Parliament of Kurdistan.   

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