Wednesday, March 09, 2011
By Shwan Zulal
Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani told a US diplomat that Dr Kamal Kirkuki, KRG parliament speaker:" “is not really a doctor, not really named Kamal, and not actually from Kirkuk, as his surname suggests,” and I would add that he is an ...... Yet he is the leader of KRG parliament and in the last few weeks events he proved to be an imbecile as Talabani pointed out. But what does this say about Talabani and Barzani themselves as they have appointed this man into such position. the only explanations is that our so called leaders are mocking parliament and disrespect it. looking at the current arrangement of KRG, it is apparent that Talabani thinks runing a government a big joke and Barzani is only too happy to undermine parliament and keep it weak in order to keep running the family business.
It emerge this morning that Mr Kirkuki has refused to apologise for what he did yesterday locking the opposition MPs in parliament, as his pride seems to be more important. Kirkuki seems to be delivering a party political massage to the MPs indicating that he does not regret what he has done and will do worse. Moreover, the speakers actions indicates that if opposition MPs do not behave, ie stop exposing the rampant corruption in KRG, they could be the subject of more threats and humiliation.
After yesterday's embarrassing sage in parliament, once again today the parliament was undermined as the discussions were not broadcasted as usual on the parliamentary TV channel. This shows that the speaker and those who control parliament and government do not understand what the protesters have been asking for. President Barzani made a speech last week and in it he said they will carry out reform and one of the key points were transparency. Today, however, the prevention of the broadcast showed that KRG is not seriously committed to reforms and cannot be trusted to deliver.
The Kurdish political parties does not seem to understand that by acting in this manner, they are contributing to their demise and losing support. Just today tens of PUK and KDP supporters joined the protest in Sulaimaniyah. A member of old Peshmerga elite also dedicated his bravery medal received from Talabani to the mother of 12 year old Garmyan who was shot dead during the protest two weeks a ago.
By: Shwan Zulal
The freedom demonstration across Kurdistan is entering its third week tomorrow and the political classes are yet to get a grip on the situation. Since the crisis many Kurdish politicians including the two leaders Talabani and Barzani have not even being playing catch up as they are simply out of touch. The level of incompetence and lack of empathy is astounding as the only thing the public has got from the ruling elite has been contempt and dismissal. The protesters are upbeat as they can see the incumbent political parties are getting desperate and resort to all sort of ill-advised moves which makes the situation even worse for them. Many people in Kurdistan who have been sitting on the sidelines have slowly wormed up to the idea of changing the current arrangements even if it means a short term pain as business have been affected and many have lost their livelihoods due to the disruptions.
last week armed thugs burned the protesters tents in Maidani Azadi and KRG was condemned by HRW for not protecting the protesters. The head of the notorious Asayish (security service) loyal to PUK told reports that they were not aware that over 50 armed men attacked the protesters in the centre of town and burned their tents. meanwhile in the same press release he reiterated that they are committed to provide security and protect property. The incident happened in the centre of town and Asayish seems to be oblivious to the fact that they have admitted to their incompetence in the same statement. furthermore, a couple of days ago an MP from Goran (opposition) was beaten up in KRG parliament and hospitalized. the attacker was a KDP MPs bodyguard and consequently the parliament speaker has advice Goran MPs not to come to parliament as they may be beaten up.
Shambles, is the word comes to mind when trying to describe the current KRG government and the militia loyal to the political parties. PUK and KDP had nearly 20 years to settle their differences and move on from militia politics into a civil way of running a government, and the public had enough of their family feud and mistrust. The Facebook generation would not accept this antiquated way of running the countries affairs anymore and they demand tribal politics to end now.