New Generation pursuing 'root reform' in Kurdistan Region, says Movement President Abdulwahid

Region entering new political stage
New Generation Movement President Shaswar Abdulwahid (NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — New Generation Movement President Shaswar Abdulwahid said in an interview broadcast Saturday (February 23) that the Movement had a clear vision of what reforms it wanted to achieve in the Kurdistan Region and expressed optimism that its program would be put into practice.

Speaking to NRT’s Chawpekawtn program, Abdulwahid said that the Movement wanted to pursue “root reforms” in the Region, which the politicians of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have been unable and unwilling to pursue.

“We will change this country with the people’s support and build an advanced country and show the world that we can progress,” he said.

He argued that the Region is entering a new political stage, where people born after the 1991 uprising against the Ba’ath regime are starting to enter politics.

“We have some people with us who have not been involved with the KDP and the PUK and their system of governance,” Abdulwahid said.

“They are able people and their talents [are starting to be] tested.”

He went on to highlight the difference between the historical experience of the older politicians and the ones looking to displace them.

“If their political experience is the civil wars they have waged, we do not share it,” Adbulwahid said.

“If their political experience is that many foreign forces have been brought in by them, we do not share it. If their political experience is that the youth and the people have been victimized by them, we do not share it.”

He predicted that the people would ultimately reject the politicians of the ruling parties and opt for those trying to pursue meaningful reform.

In that vein, the New Generation President questioned why some parties were looking to join a government dominated by the KDP and the PUK.

“Why have Gorran, [the Kurdistan Islamic Group], and others not formed an opposition bloc with us? Why are they running toward the KDP and PUK?”

New Generation has said that it will operate as an opposition force during this parliament and will work through the legislature to pursue reform.

(NRT Digital Media)