Category Archives: Gorran

Gorran movement may no longer be in charge of its fate

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By Mufid Abdulla: It was back on 18th September 2013 that the Gorran leader told his followers: “we must earn the power .. . it is not going to be given to us by the two ruling parties”. More than six month have pased since Gorran, according to the votes, became the second force in…

The Change Movement: The real Change?

By a Correspondent: Five years ago, a bright light shone on the dark political arena in Iraqi Kurdistan. Frustrated Iraqi Kurds, once more, felt the hope that they’d had during the battle against the Baath regime. The hope was and still seems to be the Change Movement. A majority of the sophisticated and the frustrated…

Think beyond the narrow interest!

By Zeravan Barwary: The philosophical basis of creating governments and designing political systems is to serve the people. The political party system which manages the competition among different parties with various ideologies is usually conducted for the benefit of the people. Economic and political projects are the main factors which affect the domestic political hegemony….

Nawshirwan Mustafa: KRG put people‌’s lives at the mercy of government salary

From the Kurdish News Network Channel (KNNC): Concerning the current political situation and the crises that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is facing, the General Coordinator of the Movement for Change (Gorran), Nawshirwan Mustafa, airs the Movement’s viewpoint, in an exclusive interview with the Kurdish News Network Channel (KNNC): Part 2 People say that the…

Nawshirwan Mustafa: ‘Political decision changed from 1 or 2 party system into a multi-party system’

From the Kurdish News Network Channel (KNNC): Concerning the current political situation and the crises that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) facing, the General Coordinator of the Movement for Change (Gorran), Nawshirwan Mustafa, airs the Movement‌’s viewpoint, in an exclusive interview with Kurdish News Network Channel (KNNC): Part 1 There is a claim that Gorran‌’s Media…

The KRG’s main challenges in 2014

By Kamal Chomani & Sarkawt Shamsulddin: 2014 will be a challenge for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)  because people are expecting radical reforms from the new cabinet which should have already been formed; and people will not not accept anything less than a different and much improved governance from previous cabinets in which accountability, justice…

Gorran’s stony silence does not help form the new government

By Mufid Addulla: More than five months after the parliamentary elections, there is still no new government in the south of Kurdistan. It is clear that the two ruling parties’ main agenda is about excluding the Gorran movement, which came second in the elections, from positions of real power. Media reports indicate that the Kurdistan…

KDP finds it difficult to form a ‘puppet’ coalition government

By Mufid Abdulla: When the Gorran movement became the second political force following the 21st September 2013 parliamentary elections, the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) suffered a shock and it has still not come to terms with the changed political landscape in the south of Kurdistan. Previous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) cabinets saw the KDP…

Forming a new Kurdistan Regional Government – what government?

By Mufid Abdulla: The mood of the people is pretty grim and it’s easy to see why: it is four months since the parliamentary election on 21st September 2013 and the five biggest parties are still struggling to reach an agreement. Politically it has been one of the most depressing periods I can remember. The…

Can Gorran survive a coalition?

By Mufid Abdulla: On 18th September 2013 Nawshirwan  Mustafa, leader of the Gorran movement, told the crowds at a large rally in front of the Gorran headquarters in Suli city that they would have to earn political power and that it would not just be given to them by the two ruling parties. In the elections…

Gorran holds its first conference

KT News: A conference of the Gorran movement is taking place in Erbil, the capital of the south of Kurdistan, with the participation of 1100 members who have travelled from all over the region. This is the first conference held by Gorran, almost five years after its foundation, but it is not expected to elect…

Gorran should not let Nawshirwan Mustafa become another Talabani inside the movement

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By Mufid Abdulla:  The Gorran movement’s first conference opens tomorrow in Erbil, the capital of south Kurdistan. The main challenge facing Gorran is to limit the power of its leader, Nawshirwan Mustafa, Otherwise the future of this movement may be no brighter than that of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). Jalal Talabani, the PUK…

Gorran is not staying true to it roots

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By Mufid Abdulla: The Gorran movement ran its first big campaign in 2009 on the basis of fighting corruption and restoring the Kurdish nationalist movement to its original ideals. Due to the failings of the ruling Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) – which Gorran had split away from – the new movement won 25 seats…

Hopes for an effective new KRG cabinet fast fading

By Mufid Abdulla: One month on from the September 21st Kurdistan Regional parliamentary elections, voters are still awaiting the formation of a new government. Unfortunately the political parties are not doing enough to meet their expectations. There is still no sign of how the new government will be formed. Gorran – now the second biggest party in…

Iraqi Kurdistan´s election held under undemocratic circumstances

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By Shakhawan Shorash: The uprising of the Kurdish people against Saddam Hussein’s regime in spring 1991, followed by the mass fleeing of Kurds, United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution 688, and the establishment of the safe enclave north of the 36 parallel pushed the Iraqi regime away from the main part of Iraqi Kurdistan. The…