Gorran and PUK finalize bilateral agreement

Gorran and PUK finalize bilateral agreement
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SULAIMANI – The Change Movement (Gorran) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) finalized a bilateral agreement between their parties in a signing ceremony on Tuesday (May 17) at former Iraqi President and PUK Secretary-General Jalal Talabani's residence in Dabashan, Sulaimani.

Gorran head, Nawshirwan Mustafa, and the PUK’s First Deputy Secretary-General Kosrat Rasul signed the agreement after weeks of meetings between representatives.

The deal was signed after several articles of the agreement were amended following a consensus among senior members of both parties.

Gorran and the PUK on May 14 both approved the agreement resolution, which seeks to develop relations between the two parties.

An article of the agreement says, “Both sides agree to create a coalition for their factions in the Kurdistan Parliament, Iraqi Council of Representatives and Provincial Councils and this coalition will be open for others to join according to special protocol.”

Another article says, “Both sides agree on the political and legal obstacles in front of legislative institutions and reactivation of Parliament based on the rule of law, with no preconditions.”

Both parties in the agreement additionally expressed a willingness to nationalize government institutions, especially the Peshmerga Ministry, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education.

Other points of the agreement included economic reform, particularly in the oil and gas sector, and relations with other states, as well as the central Iraqi government.