Change Movement splits from Iraq's Kurdish alliance

10:51, October 31, 2010      

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The Kurdish Change Movement, or Goran in Kurdish, said it has withdrawn from the Kurdish alliance in protest for the failure of the ruling Kurdish parties to meet its demands, a movement's leading member told Xinhua on Saturday.

"We have decided Friday to withdraw from the Kurdish alliance because the two leading parties in the alliance have ignored our reform project that aimed at strengthening the democratic process in the Kurdish region," Biyazid Hassan said.

"The Goran movement in the future will work in the Iraqi parliament (in Baghdad) independently to serve the interest of the Kurdish people," Hassan said.

Hassan said that his political group reform project was concentrating on the amendment to the Kurdish parliament internal rule of procedures, preventing partisanship in the performance of the Kurdish regional government and the Kurdish forces, or Peshmerga, as well as ensuring more freedom for the people of Kurdistan.

The ruling Kurdish alliance is headed by the two major parties of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan ( PUK) and Kurdish President Masoud Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

The group also gained eight seats out of 57 seats won by the Kurds in the Iraqi 325-seat parliament. The Kurdish alliance in Baghdad is considered a kingmaker whose support is important to forming any ruling coalition. But Goran split would dilute the influence of the Kurdish bloc in the political process.

The opposition movement is headed by former Deputy Secretary- General to PUK Nushirwan Mustafa who has gained support from Kurds for his critics against widespread corruption and insufficient growth by the two major Kurdish parties over the past years.



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