Supporters of the Kurdish opposition "Gorran" or "Change" movement celebrate in the streets after polls closed in the Iraqi parliamentary elections in March 2010, in Sulaimani.------ Photo/AP.
Opposition party Gorran declared late Saturday evening that the government must abdicate, claiming it was corrupt and that it did not represent the will of the people.
“This is the only solution for the reform of the region’s political system,” continued the statement, which asked for the support of other opposition parties, including the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) and Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG).
“Waves of protest are resonating across the world,” said Rahim on KNN. “If the KDP and PUK don’t reform, that could happen here as well.”
Barzani’s office described Gorran’s statement as an “anarchic” attempt to “derail all the achievements” gained by the relatively safe and prosperous Kurdish region in the last two decades of self-rule.
“We will confront any coup d’état movement to our utmost ability, and will not allow it to destroy the stability and safety” of the Kurdistan region.
A demonstration is expected to take place on Monday in Sulaimani city to protest the shortage of electricity in Kurdistan.