Leader of Iraqi – Kurdish Gorran movement returned from London to Iraq

nsnbc : Nawshirwan Mustafa, the leader of the Iraqi – Kurdish Gorran party (Change Movement), who spent about eight months in the United Kingdom has returned to Sulaimani, in Iraq’s Kurdistan Autonomous Region on Saturday.

Nashirwan Mustafa_Gorran_IraqShorsh Haji, a spokesperson of Gorran told the press that he wasn’t immediately  aware of what prompted Mustafa’s return. Mustafa left the Kurdistan Region for the United Kingdom on September, 3, 2016. Gorran leaders previously have said he went to the UK to receive medical treatment.

Nawshirwan Mustafa led the reformist wing of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s (PUK) but in 2009 Gorran /Change Movement) broke away from the party after the PUK’s political infighting escalated.

Gorran has 24 seats in the Kurdistan Parliament, the second most after the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).  His wife passed away in March, but he could not attend her funeral held in Sulaimani.

Mustafa’s stay in London as well as his return on Saturday happened against the backdrop of preparations for a referendum on the independence of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, disputes about the reactivation of the parliament of the Kurdistan Autonomous Region, debates about the role of parliament in a referendum, discussions with the federal government in Baghdad, as well as sensitive issues involving regional and geopolitics and the future of Iraq and its regions.

CH/L – nsnbc 13.05.2017

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