Movement for Change

'The old politicians and the dominating traditional parties are not interested in making change in Kurdistan,' Nawshirwan Mustafa

'The old politicians and the dominating traditional parties are not interested in making change in Kurdistan,' Nawshirwan Mustafa

The upcoming parliamentary elections in Iraqi Kurdistan will see a new political bloc vying for seats in a struggle against the two controlling mainstays of Kurdish political power: the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) led by Masud Barzani and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) whose leader is the incumbent president of Iraq, Jalal Talabani.

Nawshirwan Mustafa was, for some 40 years, part of that very political establishment.  He was co-founder of the PUK with Talabani back in 1975.  He stepped down from his post as deputy secretary-general in December 2006, lamenting the fact that any type of reform in the political system was blocked.

Mustafa, now 65, has decided to create an independent coalition, the Movement for Change, to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections, reports Adnan Osman, editor-in-chief of the Rozhnama newspaper, which is owned by Mustafa’s Wusha Media Corporation.

Says Mustafa, ‘The two parties [KDP and PUK] are controlling the police and media and we fear that this may affect the elections.  But we think that the will of the people will prevail in the end.’

Video: Interview with Nawshirwan Mustafa on Al-Jazeera


Barzanji, Yahya.  Independent candidate taps on ‘Change’ slogan to woo Iraq’s divided Kurds in regional vote.  AP, 02 May 2009.

Nawshirwan Mustafa: The Voice of the Opposition from Within, Middle East magazine, May 2008

Osman, Twana and Roman Zagros. Ex-Kurdish leader takes on old allies in Iraqi Kurdistan, EKurd, 13 November 2008

Zagros, Roman and Azeez Mahmood. Third Force in Kurdish Politics Mooted, ISN Zurich, 06 April 2009


3 thoughts on “Movement for Change

  1. MR nawsherwan his only one can make change in Kurdistan and his only one know s well about Kurdistan future.. we are sure that he will bring karkuk back from Iraq …. to Kurdistan god be with him and all Kurdish.. Kurd will never give up no now for ever

  2. hi the change movement are laetist new part in north kurdistan mr nawsherwan is leader of the part . this movement are so difrent then befor them 2 part is moderanest and all thes a yang popell &moer free dome from in side commeunatiy of any languche or relagen or any coler unbelivebly cool &power full . thanks

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