July 10, 2009

The Change is Inevitable - By Mufid Abdulla

This week it has been reported that another poll has taken place, conducted by an independent group. This poll is the most recent and has asked 6000 people door-to-door, house-to-house, village-to-village regardless of their religious and economic background, covering Sulaimaniyah and the surrounding area. The results of the poll indicate that 63.5% of people intend to vote for The Change List. Furthermore, two other polls all indicate that the PUK and KDP alliance are on the bottom line in terms of popularity and potential voters.

Changes are on the way; this is inevitable. The main concern for the people of Kurdistan is how it can be possible for the PUK and KDP (Kurdistani List) to accept the result of the election as we already witnessed in 1992 that they could not accept the result of the election at that time. The Kurdistani List is controlled by the two leading parties who also control the police, the army and television stations, etc. If there will be any skirmishes between the rival groups and parties, the ultimate blame would be on the two ruling parties because they are responsible for security in the whole region and surely The Change List do not have any militia group.

The famous Kurdish poet, Sherko Bekas has declared his opposition to the Constitution which is currently being conducted by the KDP leader to be passed in a very short time. In his article in local newspaper Awena, he surprised almost everybody because he has been an ardent PUK supporter over the past three decades.

Sherko Bekas was born on the 2nd May 1940 in Sulaimaniyah, south of Kurdistan as the son of Kurdish poet Fayak Bekas and he joined the Kurdish liberation movement in 1965 and left his homeland because of political pressure from the Iraqi regime in 1986 and following this, he joined the PUK movement. In his article, Sherko Bekas challenged the Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani on his comments which stated that regardless of whether people like it or not, the Constitution should be passed by Parliament.

In Sherko Bekas’s article dated 4th July 2009, he told Massoud Barzani that we, the Kurdish people, are concerned about the future of this country and we are challenged by the history of our nation. He went on to state that we must do our analysis and look at everything critically and that he is asking Massoud Barzani if in fact this country really does belong to us because if this is the case; if we do not believe in something we are not going to keep silent. Bekas continued to state that he was raising his voice against any leaders asking him to accept the Constitution and that if the Kurdish ruling parties asked him, he would not stay in his position and would in fact resign from his post. Sherko Bekas noted that he has been helped wherever he has been but it has not been a simple case of charity and he has been working very hard for a long time to promote the language and culture of the Kurdish people, without asking for any rewards.

At the end of his article, Sherko Bekas concluded that the speech by Massoud Barzani was a sign of the ever-increasing gap between the intellectuals and the Kurdish rulers/leaders and that this signifies the beginning of the isolation of all Kurdish rule and leaders from intellectuals.


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