Kurdish parties should form an opposition in parliament: Mahmoud Othman

Kurdish political figure Mahmoud Othman speaks during NRT Panorama, January 9, 2019.

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SULAIMANI — A broadly-based opposition should be formed in the Kurdistan Region by parties who have disagreements with the two ruling parties, said a Kurdish figure.

Political figure Mahmoud Othman said the parties that are against the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) should form an opposition in the Region, rather than go into a coalition government.

“It is important that an opposition front is created,” Othman said during NRT Panorama on Wednesday night (January 9).

“Those parties that are always against the PUK and KDP should not participate in the formation of the government and [instead] become the opposition.”

The presence of an active opposition would benefit the pace of progress in the Kurdistan Region, he added.

Despite of several rounds of talks between the KDP, PUK, and Change Movement (Gorran) in the last few weeks, no agreement has been reached yet to form a new cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

The Kurdistan Region held a parliamentary election on September 30. Although lawmakers have been sworn it, the Kurdistan Parliament has so far failed to elect a speaker and two deputies.

The speaker of the first session of the parliament Reving Hiruri, who is the eldest member of the parliament, said that several parties had asked him to postpone that vote until they reach an agreement over the issue.

(NRT Digital Media)