Category Archives: Gorran

Gorran spokesman Shaho Saeed resigns

KT News and Comment: Shaho Saeed has resigned as the Gorran Party’s spokesman. This has occurred as Gorran experiences growing internal discontent, reflecting the fact that the Gorran grassroots and a new group inside the party are unhappy about what their leader is doing these days. Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet…

Gorran at a dangerous impasse

By Mufid Abdulla: Last week’s visit by Gorran leader Nawshirwan Mustafa Amin to Jalal Talabani at one of his rest houses (following the PUK leader’s return from medical treatment abroad) has shocked many of Nawshirwan’s friends and baffled foreign observers.  What does this apparent reconciliation of two once bitter opponents mean for Gorran, the Kurdistan…

Gorran MP involved in oil controversy resigns for ‘health reasons’

KT News and Comment: Gorran MP Ismaeel Galali has resigned his seat in the Kurdistan parliament. In a resignation letter yesterday Galali cited health issues as the main reason for his decision. He also said that he does not want to spoil his legacy, having sacrificed a lot for the Kurdish nation. His resignation follows the…

‘Kurdistan on the way to becoming a dictatorship’ – Gorran

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We publish the following statement by the Gorran Political Research Centre for information and discussion: Both Kurdish parties in power are in an effort to impose two special bills through their security council in Kurdistan. They want to monopolize the entire political life and their justification for this is to protect the region while they take advantage…

Will Newshirwan Mustafa run for President?

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By Harem Karem: The recent active antagonism has set all eyes anxiously on the emerging political equations. Political parties have allied themselves with neighbouring states and even, to some degree, slid towards involvement in regional conflicts. This might temporarily palliate the Kurdish condition but is unlikely to resolve the root of the problem since neither…

Independent report on Gorran’s internal elections

By the KIE: In June, the Kurdistan Institute for Elections (KIE) observed leadership elections held by the opposition Gorran party. This was the first time that a south Kurdistan political party had agreed to independent monitoring of its internal election processes. A recent KIE report provides a balance sheet of this experience. Bookmark on Delicious Recommend…

For the first time, Gorran is in the driving seat

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By Mufid Abdulla: President Masud Barzani invited all the Kurdistan political parties to a meeting at his holiday resort in Permam to discuss the recent stand-off between the Iraqi army and Peshmarga forces on the Syria-Iraq border. The Gorran party refused to join the summit although the two other opposition parties parties did participate in a…

Is Nawshirwan Mustafa full of anger?

 By Hamma Mirwaisi: A Kurdish politician from South Kurdistan wanted, as one of its founders, to reform his political party, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). However, he was forced out by the warlord Jalal Talabani and then formed his own party – Gorran, the Change Movement – like many other Kurdish politicians, all forming…

Nawshirwan Mustafa’s first regional visit

By Kamal Chomani: Nawshirwan Mustafa’s first official regional visit, choosing Iran as his first destination, underlines a critical period in Kurdish and Iraqi politics. Although the Change Movement had already revealed the agenda of this visit, it can be considered as the beginning of change to some political formulas inside Iraq. The red-carpet treatment given…

PUK blames Gorran for obstructing the KRG budget‏

News and Comment by The Kurdistan Tribune: For the last two months, Iraq’s turmoil has developed into deadlock. Talabani has told reporters that he has not received enough signatures to withdraw confidence from the Maliki government. He has also indirectly told Kurdistan president Barzani that, as president of Iraq, he must stay neutral and cannot…

Gorran Party holds transparent elections

News and Comment by The Kurdistan Tribune: Gorran’s internal elections began yesterday (Thursday) and more than five thousand voters have gone to ballot boxes to elect the council that will supervise the party’s local units. The Kurdish Institute for Elections, a civil organisation, has supervised this process. One of its spokespeople told local news agencies…

Kurdistan Region provincial elections delayed – why?

By Harem Karem: Election authorities in the Kurdistan Region have indefinitely postponed provincial polls scheduled for 27 September. The reason given is current laws restricting minority voting rights. However, as is so often the case, there is more to this than meets the eye. Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has raised the fact that…

PUK & Gorran MPs can save parliament

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By Kamal Chomani: PUK and Change Movement members of parliament can save parliament from the passiveness that has infected it and they can also cooperate to increase pressure on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to make reforms more quickly. Last month, the exchanging of positions between the PUK’s Prime Ministry and the KDP’s presidency of…

Gorran Party needs to get bolder

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By Mufid Abdulla: The unexplained death of Zana Hama Salih, former mayor of Sulaymani, and the tense dispute between Kurdistan Regional president Masud Barzani and Iraq prime minister Nuri al Maliki are worrying developments for the people of Kurdistan, and especially Sulaymani. Unfortunately Gorran has failed to ‘seize the time’ in what should have been…

Gorran leadership refuses to join the government

News from The Kurdistan Tribune: Two KRG officials are today meeting the Gorran leadership to try and persuade the party to participate in the new cabinet. This follows a visit by the newly-appointed prime minster of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Nichrvan Barzani, and his deputy, Emmad Ahmed, to the Gorran Party headquarters. Bookmark on…