Kurdistan Region Islamic parties to unite
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – It is our plan to get united with other Kurdish Islamic parties in the Region, said a Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) member on Thursday.
The three Islamic parties have a total of 17 representatives out of 111 at he Kurdistan Region parliament.
KIU is the largest Islamic party with 10 seats. Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) has six seats and Kurdistan Islamic Movement (KIM) has one representative.
KIU is expected to hold its seventh congress on May 28. A member of the party states that one of the strategic plans in the congress will be to draft a proposal to gather all the Islamic fronts under one umbrella.
“We as KIU are in negotiation with our brothers in KIG and KIM. We have a concrete belief that it is important to unify Kurdish Islamic parties in one front in both Kurdistan Region and Iraqi federal parliaments,” KIU Leadership Council member Ali Grdasori, told Kurdistan24 on Thursday.
“We even aim to distribute ministerial posts among our parties as one Islamic front,” he added.
However, KIG Leadership Council member, Shwan Rabar, tells Kurdistan24 that the unification will not be easy or quick.
“KIG had always wanted to unite Islamic parties,” Rabar continued. “But it needs time to take place.”
Recently, the second and third largest parties of the Kurdistan Region, which are Gorran (Change) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) signed an agreement to work together as a united group in the Parliament.
The agreement between Change and PUK has encouraged other Kurdish parties to think about unification.
“I believe the unification of the Islamic parties will be implemented soon because currently all the three parties want that,” KIM Politic Bureau member, Abdulla Warti, told Kurdistan24.
Kurdistan Region is suffering from a critical financial crisis. Kurdish officials have brought the subject of Kurdish referendum for independence on the table that is planned to be held by the end of 2016. All Kurdish parties believe that Kurds have the right to decide on their future.
Reporting by Goran Shakhawan and Mewan Dolamari
Editing by Ava Homa