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 Massoud Barzani: All should be surrendered to people's decision

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Massoud Barzani: All should be surrendered to people's decision  10.2.2011  

February 10, 2011

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', —  Kurdish president Massoud Barzani stated on Wednesday that everyone is entitled to ask for government reshuffle but not disbanding the Kurdish parliament, according to the website of his office.

"Our experience needs development and I want to see all the sides engaged in developing Kurdish entity," he told senior parliament and governmental officials in a meeting held in Salahaddin town in Erbil.

He said Kurdistan region is for all and people are free to think they way they want, however the freedom must be copped with law.

People are free to demand abolishing government but not parliament as the latter would end everything.

"when it comes to corruption, we should be informed where exactly it happens so that concerned sides could fight it," Barzani added.  

Massoud Barzani, president of Iraq's regional Kurdish government, gestures during his meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo on July 6, 2010. Photo: Getty Images.
Also in the meeting, Barzani suggested forming a committee to follow up reported cases of corruption.

Two years from now, people will vote again for parliament and government and "we should all be surrendered to people's decision," he said.

The participants of the meeting suggested the establishment of integrity foundation in Kurdistan and a more strict supervision of finance.

The website reports that the meeting also focused on the fact that each proper side should report to the presidency office about what needs to be done and suggested more meetings alike to follow up recommendations.

The major opposition group, Gorran "Change", hopes to prepare the Kurdish public for a general uprising, taking the recent revolts in Arab world as its example. In a declaration issued last month,
www.ekurd.netthe group condenses its demands in seven points, including a general public uprising and abolishing the current Kurdish parliament.

Gorran enjoys wide support in Kurdistan region. Gorran emerged in regional elections in 2009 as a rival to the two main ruling Kurdish parties and won 25 seats in the parliament. Gorran is challenging Talabani's PUK and the KDP of regional president Massoud Barzani and accuses the parties of corruption.

Gorran headed by the former senior PUK-leader Nawshirwan Mustafa,
www.ekurd.netwho 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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