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Will a transparent Election end the corrupt rule of Barzani and Talibani in Iraqi Kurdistan?

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Disallowing free elections in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) the little dictator of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, recently used his puppet parliament to reinstate his presidency for two more years. But, in order to maintain the impression that a vestige of the American democratic system of government is still operating in the Kurdish region of Iraq, he has also been obliged to permit parliamentary elections under pressure from the US and other countries.

The Kurdish people have clearly recognised that, instead of carrying out their governmental responsibilities to use Kurdistan's oil and other wealth to improve the lives of all members of the Kurdish population, the ruling Barzani and Talabani families have used their power for unmerited and unwarranted personal gain. Immersed in corruption, many of their family members have effortlessly and freely snatched billions of dollars from the people's coffers. Consequently, they are an embarrassment for the US backed so-called democratic system of government in Iraq.

The US Government wasted trillions of dollars and thousands of precious American lives to help the Iraqi people establish a democratic system and the rule of law. A noble and worthwhile goal, it has not been realised. Iraq is now in a worse condition politically, socially, economically and security wise than it was during Saddam Hussein's era, especially in the KRG area of northern Iraq. US support for the corrupt Barzani and Talabani regimes is shamed by the current Prime Minister Nechirvan Idris Barzani of KRG,  son-in-law and nephew of Massoud Barzani, who spent 850 million Iraqi dinars on his palace door alone. These shades of Saddam's indulgence in multiple luxurious palaces leave Kurds wondering how much more the Barzanis have spent on decorating their residences, while they lack adequate housing, health and education services and jobs that should have been created by the wide dispersal of Kurdish wealth.

But while Barzani has successfully manipulated elections to win in the past, he is now facing some real competition. Members of the Kurdish Democratic Solution Party (PCDK) are now running for parliamentary election for the first time. A political party affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) of Turkey, and member of the Group of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK), the PCKD party is fighting for the Kurdish people's rights in KRG area, while other branches of KCK are fighting for Kurdish people's right in Turkey, Iran, and Syria and gaining significant support. In fact the majority of the Kurdish people support the PCDK party because, for the first time in centuries, they are being offered service instead of robbery, exploitative domination and oppression. The people have discovered that in contrast to the PCDK, other political parties including the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) of Barzani, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) of Talabani, Gorran of Nawshirwan Mustafa and Islamist parties only want Kurds to serve them, so they are not going to tolerate their specious deceptions and megalomania any more. Understanding and acknowledging these differences is driving the majority of the Kurdish people to join the PCKD politically and militarily. The process will lead to the end of the rule of Kurdish tribal and religious leaders like Barzani and Talabani.

Consequently the new, much anticipated era of Kurdish self-determination is coming faster than any one has expected, because the wars in Turkey, Iran and Syria are also contributing to the inevitable and rapidly approaching demise of the Barzani and Talabani regimes in Kurdistan.

It is time for the US Government to establish contact with the KCK to safeguard its interests in the Middle East, because the organization is now the de facto leader of the Kurdish people throughout Kurdistan. Controlling the commercial gateway and oil business of the 500 million strong population from Pakistan to Turkey and from Kurdistan to the former Soviet Union countries, the KCK is the authority with which the US and EU must deal if they want to have a say in the management of power and wealth in the region, which is no longer predominantly under the control of Turkey or Massoud Barzani.

A transparent election, allowing the Kurdish people to freely express their political preferences will legally confirm the transition of Kurdistan from corrupt oligarchy and fundamentalist religious dictatorship to democracy under the rule of secular, constitutional law.

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Hamma Mirwaisi was exposed to the oppression of Kurds while still a youth, as his education was frequently interrupted by Iraqi government harassment. Forbidden from entering university in 1968, he had little choice but to join the peshmerga (more...)

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