Close the doors of Parliament!!
Kurdishapect.com - By Member of Kurdistan 'Parliament' Sozan Shahab
Translated by Dr Kamal Mirawdeli
From Rozhnama, Sulaymaniyah, reformist daily paper in standard Kurdish, 11 June 2008
With a great surprise I read the headline of Rozhnama newspaper and the words of the Spokesperson of the government. After 85 days of failure of the cabinet to hold a single meeting and instead of talking about the accumulated problems of Kurdistan Region, the [government] speaks about the statements made by MPs and about using 'inviting' Ministers to Parliament instead of 'questioning' them and they say that it is impossible to implement the Housing law [passed by parliament last week] and that Parliament must not change laws without the knowledge of Ministers. I say to these gentlemen go and read the procedures of the work of the parliaments of the world. Then you know how their parliaments function and how they 'invite' the government [officials]. So why shouldn't we be like them? But we will never be like them because our conditions are different from anywhere else in the world. Then let us have no parliament at all. If we cannot issue laws and cannot say any word less delicate than flowers to anyone, then why do we need this big costly institution? Let us govern according to our conditions and circumstances, then no one blames anyone, neither people blame Parliament nor Parliament blames people.
It is clear that after the Parliament began to have some activity lately from [debating and]approving the budget, increasing salaries, granting property loans, and approving the Housing Law. All these gave the citizens some satisfaction and gave some hope to people that there are some people who think about their problems and support them. But on the other hand, there are some people who do not like these [actions by Parliament] and want nothing to be discussed, nothing to be said, and let the government do what they think is correct and parliament should listen to them and obey them, raise their hands to approve anything they say. These gentlemen have forgotten that today the whole world is watching the Kurdistan Region. They have forgotten that they are claiming that they promote democracy. How can democracy be established without Parliament and civil society?
How can we demand that our democracy be transferred to the middle and south of Iraq if this is our thinking?
These friends have forgotten that our newspapers are read daily on the websites and we are being carefully observed?
I suggest that the government come and shut down the door of the Parliament. It is no longer needed. And let the government stop talking about a democracy that it does not believe in.