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 The Hypocrisies of Gorran 

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The Hypocrisies of Gorran ‎ 2.2.2011 
By Delovan Barwari - 

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February 2, 2011

The anti-government demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt, and other Arab countries illuminates that the citizens of the Arab world are fed-up with decades of dictatorship, oppression, and corruption. The brave men and woman that risked their lives to bring democratic change is indeed honorable and must be respected. On the contrary, I was very disturbed to hear Gorran’s outrageous demand for the democratically elected government and parliament of Iraqi-Kurdistan to resign.

Meriam-Webster dictionary defines democracy as a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually periodically held for elections.

Unlike Egypt, Tunisia, and the overwhelming majority of the Arab world, the President, Prime Minister, and the Parliament of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) were elected into office by free and fair democratic elections. The Iraqi Electoral Commission and a body of international observers officially monitored the elections held in Kurdistan. In a comparison with Egypt and Tunisia, in Kurdistan, the absolute majority of Kurds--nearly 70%--voted for President Massoud Barzani, whereas the Presidents of Egypt and Tunisia were in power for many decades without elections.

KRG is one of the few democracies in the region. It is a young democracy in its development stages. The citizens of Iraqi-Kurdistan enjoy the most essential democratic principles exercised in Western Europe and North America, which are unknown in most of the Muslim world: freedom of press, assembly, association, religion, and political pluralism. There are a number of independent newspapers and magazines, and countless political parties (ethnic, religious and secular),which enjoy vast freedoms to assemble and run in elections.

Fortunately the citizens, intellectuals, civil organizations, and the majority of the political parties in Kurdistan condemned Gorran’s call and identified it as an empty and desperate ploy to manipulate public opinion and cause instability to achieve their blurred objectives.

The Kurdish nation has suffered too much at the hands of its enemies and has much at risk with such absurd demands. The stability of Kurdistan is the most essential ingredient that will allow it to move forward in a positive direction. Kurdistan is a young and evolving democracy; such imprudent demands would only hamper the democratic evolution and will only bring turmoil to the streets of Kurdistan.

It is true that Kurdistan is suffering from corruption, a problem that the KRG President, Prime Minister, and Parliament have openly recognized and pledged to resolve. If unfulfilled, citizens can bring change through the power of the ballot box, rather than causing chaos.

It is time for Gorran supporters to question Gorran leaders’ true objectives. They must realize Gorran’s policies have only weakened the Kurdish position with Baghdad,
www.ekurd.netespecially in the disputed areas where their decision not to join the Kurdistani List diminished the Kurdish power in Kirkuk and later by abandoning the Kurdistan Coalition List in Baghdad.

Gorran’s demand for KRG and Kurdistan Parliament to resign is certainly alarming. It raises questions about their real dark intentions. Perhaps, the leadership of Gorran should be the one to resign.

You may reach the author via email at: Delovan (at)

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