Category Archives: PUK

Election terror: suicide bomber murders 30 in Khaneqin

KT News: 30 people were killed and about 50 were injured at a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) election rally in Khanaqin today when a suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd that had gathered to watch televised footage of PUK leader Jalal Talabani casting his vote in Germany, where he has been in…

How to Peacefully End Double ‘Party-State’ in Kurdistan?

Sarkawt Shamsulddin

By Sarkawt Shamsulddin: The challenge for the new cabinet is how to eliminate the status quo, double “party-state”, peacefully without creating “net losers.”(1) In order to do so, it requires an ultimate reform of both political and financial institutions. The broad-based government can be used to conduct such reforms if all parties reach a consensus…

Gorran movement in power

By Mufid Abdulla: 17th April proved an unforgettable day for the Gorran leadership when, after a bumpy road of almost six months of negotiations, they succeeded in persuading the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) to share the government with them. The KDP and the Gorran movement have reached an historic agreement on forming a new…

PUK locks up journalists

KT News: PUK-controlled security forces have detained two journalists in Sulaimaniyah this week. Hoshiyar Abdullah, manager of the KNN TV channel has been detained in the Serchinar district in Sulaimaniyah city. ‘Awene’ reports that his arrest relates to a KNN TV report about a Iranian Kurdistan Democratic party (KDPI) official. Hoshiyar, an election candidate for Gorran, was…

KT news briefing, 3rd April 2014

‘PUK interferes in Kawa Germyani’s court case’ The PUK has been accused of interfering in the Kawa Germyani murder case. The murderer of the anti-corruption journalist had already made a confession but now he has allegedly been instructed to say that he did not do it. Apparently the judge who is investigating the case gave…

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….

Has the Talabani family marginalised the PUK for a generation?

By Mufid Abdulla: It is almost one year and four months since Jalal Talabani vanished from the political scene due to a serious stroke. Since then fears have grown and hope has been diminished within his Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) over how the party leadership can fill the vacuum inside the organisation. At the last…

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…

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…

A Letter Shakes the Nation

Kamal Chomani

By Kamal Chomani: Twitter: @KamalChomani Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, delayed a planned visit to the United States in protest at the US listing the KDP and PUK as terrorists. But have not they perpetuated terrorism in the past? In reality this was just an excuse to hide the failures of…

It’s Time to Come Clean on the Disappeared

By Michael Rubin: Kurdish history has had no shortage of tragedies, many of which were the result of foreign powers and beyond the control of the Kurdish people. Some tragedies have been self-inflicted, however, most prominent of which was the 1994-1997 civil war. After three years working to build the Kurdistan Regional Government and fill…

PUK splits deepen

 KT Report: Update: Barham Salih has since resigned from the PUK  leading bodies. In a joint public statement issued yesterday, two of the main Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leaders, Kosrat Rasul and Barham Salih, announced that they want to hold a party conference as soon as possible and also warned their supporters to be…

PUK lost in their internal political sandstorm

PUK logo

By Mufid Abdulla: Last October the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leadership held a short general meeting plenum with the aim of filling the vacuum that caused their defeat in the 21/9/13 election, a result that has hugely disrupted the party. At that plenum they decided to hold the party conference on 31/1/14 to decide on how to…

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…

The nation is united in grief for our young journalist

By Mufid Abdulla: Kawa Germyani has left his mark on the south of Kurdistan in a way that few others have managed to do. His murder has plunged the whole nation into grief, as previously did the killings of Sardasht Osman and Soran Mama Hama. The life of this brave young journalist can become a…