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Patriotic Union of Kurdistan

Kurdish protests mar 'The Other Iraq'

Patriotic Union of Kurdistan 44%

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SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq — A city that stands out in Iraq for its quality of life — the electricity works, the water's clean and there's even a bowling alley — has turned violent and tense in the past week as at least four protesters have been killed in marches against cronyism and corruption. The clashes between security forces and demonstrators in Sulaimaniyah have revealed deep fissures that separate the Kurdish people and their leaders, denting the image of security and modernity that the city has enjoyed. Supporters of the president and ruling parties blame the unrest on an upstart political group trying to elbow its way into power in this self-ruled region of Iraq. But that's not how many in the streets see it. They're fed up with government corruption and want the two ruling parties' lock on the area loosened.

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A spokesman for Barzani denied that the two parties have somehow imposed their will on the rest of the region. "The KDP and the PUK, along with several smaller parties, won the majority of votes in the 2009 general election held in the Kurdistan region," said Karim Zibari, referring to the vote for Kurdistan's parliament. "Allegations that only people affiliated with these two parties can secure decent jobs is nonsense."

 

A member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) from Sulaimaniyah, Kader Hamajan, acknowledged that there is corruption in Kurdish politics — including his own party — but said it is not widespread and the majority of the members worked diligently. Many in the KDP and PUK have blamed the protests on a relative newcomer to the political scene, a political party called Gorran — Change in Kurdish, a breakaway faction from PUK. A Gorran spokesman said his party is not driving the protests but it does sympathize with the marchers' frustrations. The demonstrations have extended to small villages and towns outside of Sulaimaniyah. About 600 young people gathered for a rally in Halabja, 70 kilometers (43 miles) east of Sulaimaniyah, and set fire to some tires and threw stones at guards outside of a KDP office on Tuesday, according to police and the town's mayor. One demonstrator shot and killed a police officer, the town's mayor said. Thirteen people were later arrested.

 

But with the exception of a protest of about 500 students in the Kurdish capital, Irbil, the demonstrations have been limited to Sulaimaniyah province. Leaders of the main political groups, including Gorran, met in Irbil late Monday but nothing was settled. Zibari said the session was expected to produce a joint statement encouraging all parties to calm the situation but that Gorran balked. Officials from Gorran said they demanded new elections for the Kurdish parliament but the PUK and KDP just wanted to put an end to the demonstrations.

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Santana reported from Baghdad.

 

 

24/2/2011

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