Two ruling Kurdish Parties charge Gorran's
statement exploitation to move masses
February 19, 2011
Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Two leaders of the two
main Kurdish Parties in north Iraq's Kurdistan
Region, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) led by
Massoud Barzani, the current president of Kurdistan,
and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) led by
Iraqi president Jalal Talabani on Saturday have
charged that the
issued by the opposition Gorran (Change) Movement,
that demanded the cancellation of the Region's
government and parliament, with having been
exploited to move the masses.
"The events that took place in Kurdistan Region in
the background of the statement, issued by the
Gorran Movement, had been exploited by a group of
small blocs, he did not name," the PUK Leader, Saadi
Pira told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, adding that the
demonstrations that took place over the past 24
hours "had been hostile, but I don't think that the
conditions would go to worst," calling on the
government to investigate the reasons for those
Saadi Ahmed Pira, member of the Patriotic Union of
Kurdistan (PUK) Political Bureau. Photo: hawlati.co
demonstrators have gone to the
streets in Sulaimaniyah city on Thursday, demanding
the improvement of services and living standard,
fighting corruption and carrying out political
reforms, causing about 7 people killed and 47 others
injured due to the shooting that took place in front
of the KDP's headquarters in the city, where the
After that, Sulaimaniyah Governor, Dana Ahmed Mahid,
had imposed a curfew on the city from 07:00 pm till
07:00 am, whilst three headquarters of the
Gorran (Change) Movement were attacked and burnt in
Erbil, Duhok and Soran cities, causing no
On his part, the Kurdistan Parliament Member from
the KDP, Abdul-Salam Barwary, said: "What has
happened had been regretful, as we are still knew in
practicing democracy in all its forms, and what took
place in Erbil is condemned by both the KDP and PUK,"
adding that "what had happened in Sulaimaniyah had
been a previously-designed and planned issue."
"There had been a campaign since more than two weeks
to force legitimacy out of the constitutional and
political institutions (in Kurdistan)," Barwary
said, considering "the complains and demands of the
masses are legitimate, though the situation had been
exploited passively, as it's easy to move the
masses, but it's difficult to stop them."
He said that "every party that doesn't like the
current stability and development in the Region
stands behind those events, and there is a certain
"party" trying to plant differences between the KDP
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all political parties in the Region have issued
official statements condemning those events,"
calling on the masses to "take a lesson from those
events, as the citizens' demands are legitimate,
though attacking the headquarters of the parties
would not solve the problems."
The rare demonstrations in the autonomous Kurdistan
region were the deadliest since the 2003 US-led
invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.
Kurdish protesters chanted, "Government resign", "Work for
the unemployed" and "The corrupt must face justice".
For decades, the KDP
of regional president Massoud Barzani and the
PUK of Iraq's President
Jalal Talabani have lorded over the region.
Massoud Barzani, the KDP chief and current Kurdistan president, and his relatives control a large number of commercial
enterprises in Kurdistan-Iraq, with a gross value of several billion US dollars.
The family is routinely accused of corruption and nepotism by Kurdish media as
well as international observers.
Gorran enjoys wide support in Kurdistan region. It's
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 Massoud Barzani and accuses the parties of
It’s 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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