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RBK wish everyone a Happy Newroz 2724 and a Free Kurdistan

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Mar 04, 2024 7:18 pm

Kurdish parties in Kirkuk
    to jointly celebrate Newroz
Kurdish leading parties in Kirkuk on Monday agreed to celebrate the Kurdish New Year, Newroz, together, along with other Kurdish political factions

A delegation from the Kirkuk branch of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on Monday visited the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s (PUK) Kirkuk base, discussing intra-Kurdish unity as talks over the establishment of the local government in the province continue.

The members of the two leading Kurdish parties stressed that “all Kurdish political entities in Kirkuk should try to celebrate Newroz and all other celebrations together,” Rawand Mala Mahmoud, head of PUK’s branch in Kirkuk, told reporters.

He elaborated that this is part of the parties’ efforts to “further unify the Kurdish house and gain the public’s confidence.”

Kurds celebrate their New Year on the eve of March 21 by lighting torches that are then branshished by crowds hiking through hills and mountains, and by holding picnics together with family members and loved ones over the course of at least three days.

Iraqi authorities have either banned or limited the celebration of Newroz in Kirkuk since 2017 when Iraqi forces retook control of the previously Kurdish-held city and expelled the Peshmerga forces after the province took part in Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum.

Divisions between Kurdish parties in the province have been identified as a key reason behind their failure to garner enough seats in the December local elections to secure the position of the governor, which has been held by an unelected Arab since 2017. Between the collapse of the Baathist regime in 2003 and 2017 the position had always been held by Kurds.

PUK secured five seats in the 16-seat provincial council and the KDP gained only two. Despite having the backing of a Chistian member of the body, they cannot form a local government without the support of Turkmens or/and Arabs.

Two amendments made to the provincial council elections law in May last year, which apply only to Kirkuk, make it difficult to predict who will fill the province’s governor seat next.

One amendment states that “the results of the elections shall not act as a legal or administrative basis to determine the future of Kirkuk province.”

“Power shall be distributed in a fair representation which guarantees the participation of the province’s components regardless of the results of the elections,” reads another amendment.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Mar 20, 2024 12:01 pm

Barzani Congratulates People on Nawroz

Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), on Wednesday congratulated the people of the Kurdistan Region on the advent of the Kurdish new year, Nawroz

    "Happy Kurdish New Year, 2724 to all Kurds in Kurdistan and those who live abroad, and to all other nations who celebrate Newroz. May the New Year bring more peace and prosperity to all," the Kurdish leader said in a statement on X today
Nawroz is a popular festival widely celebrated by many nations in Asia, including the Kurds.

On the eve of Nawroz, people across the Kurdistan Region gather to light fires on hilltops as a sign of victory over tyranny, and light over darkness. Nawroz bonfires are emblematic of the Kurdish spirit of resilience and defiance in the face of oppression.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Mar 21, 2024 1:37 am

PM Urges End to Kurdish Suffering
    in Newroz Message
Kurdistan Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Wednesday extended warm wishes to all Kurds on the advent of Nawroz, emphasizing the significance of the day as a symbol of victory, freedom, and resistance against oppression

Addressing the people of Kurdistan, the Kurdish leader expressed admiration for the heroic Peshmerga, security forces, and the families of martyrs and Anfal victims. He underscored Newroz's historical significance as the dawn of a new era for the Kurdish people.

However, amidst the celebrations, the prime minister lamented the exploitation of Kurdish rights and financial entitlements by certain political entities for their own gains. He called for an end to the political games that he said have perpetuated the suffering of the people.

As Kurds across the Region celebrate Newroz, the Kurdish leader's words serve as a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggles faced by the Kurdish people and the urgent need for concrete and lasting solutions to outstanding problems between Erbil and Baghdad.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Mar 21, 2024 1:44 am

PM Barzani Emphasizes Newroz Spirit

Kurdistan Prime Minister Masrour Barzani delivered an impassioned speech at the Newroz carnival in Akre, emphasizing the significance of the occasion and pledging to address pressing issues faced by the Kurdish people

Speaking at the vibrant celebration attended by dozens of foreign diplomats and US-led Coalition commanders, PM Barzani hailed Akre as the epicenter of Newroz festivities, expressing his desire for the town to become synonymous with the annual celebration not only in Kurdistan but worldwide. He extended heartfelt Newroz greetings to all Kurdish people, both within and outside Kurdistan, as well as to other nations marking the occasion.

The prime minister also took a moment to extend condolences to the families affected by recent rain and floods in Duhok and Zakho, assuring them of the government's commitment to providing assistance and compensation for their losses.

Addressing the challenges faced by the Kurdish populace, particularly concerning delayed salaries and budgetary constraints, Prime Minister Barzani acknowledged the hardships endured and affirmed the government's efforts to resolve these issues. He assured the audience that discussions were underway with the prime minister to find a solution, expressing hope for a resolution in the coming days.

Emphasizing the symbolic importance of Newroz as a national day, the Kurdish leader reaffirmed his commitment to defending the rights and achievements of the Kurdish people, invoking the sacrifices of martyrs and Peshmergas in this pledge.

Concluding his speech on a hopeful note, PM Barzani portrayed Newroz as a beacon of new beginnings and renewed aspirations for the Kurdish community, expressing optimism for a future filled with happiness and accomplishments.

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Re: RBK wish everyone a Happy Newroz 2724 and a Free Kurdist

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Mar 21, 2024 2:03 am

Newroz symbolizes standing up against oppressors

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Wednesday extended his congratulations on the occasion of the Kurdish New Year, known as Newroz, according to a statement from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)

“On the occasion of Newroz and the Kurdish New Year 2724, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all Kurds, particularly the courageous Peshmergas, internal security forces, families of martyrs, and Anfal victims. I wish you all happiness and prosperity,” the statement read.

Prime Minister Barzani also said that “for the Kurdish people, Newroz has always symbolized victory, freedom, standing up against oppressors, and the start of a new era.”

“I have tremendous respect and appreciation for the resilient people of the Kurdistan Region. Unfortunately, they have become victims of political games played by certain individuals and parties who prioritize their own interests over the constitutional rights and financial entitlements of the Kurdish people. I sincerely hope that the coming year will mark the end of all suffering, oppression, and injustice faced by the Kurdish people," the Prime Minister added.

Newroz is the oldest national holiday celebrated by the Kurds worldwide, especially in their homeland. It begins on Mar. 21 and features various traditional celebrations and rituals.

    To preserve the long-standing tradition of celebrating Newroz, thousands commemorate the holiday in the Akre district, which is famously considered the capital of Newroz
Locals as well as other visitors, carrying torches, climb the town’s Mount Kale, on top of which a 100-meter-long Kurdistan flag is rolled out.

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Re: RBK wish everyone a Happy Newroz 2724 and a Free Kurdist

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Mar 22, 2024 9:15 pm

Kurdish leaders call on parties to unite

Kurdistan’s top leaders on Wednesday called on the Region’s political parties to unite in the face of external adversity during their messages commemorating the Kurdish New Year, with parliamentary elections jeopardized once again

Kurds celebrate Newroz, the Kurdish New Year, on March 21-23, with the occasion symbolizing a day of resistance and freedom from tyranny. The celebrations typically involve picnicking in the countryside and lighting bonfires.

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani congratulated the nation on the occasion of Newroz, calling on political fronts in the Region to unite to address their differences.

    “On the occasion of Newroz, the national holiday and the Kurdish New Year … I urge the political factions in Kurdistan to come together with a sense of national duty and empathy to address their disagreements. By doing so, we can confront the various threats and obstacles collectively, safeguarding our federal system, political standing, as well as our constitutional rights and accomplishments,” President Barzani said in a statement
He also extended his congratulations to the families of Peshmerga fighters who fell defending the Kurdish cause and to Kurdish communities around the world, and reiterated the Kurdistan Region’s role as a “catalyst for peace and stability in the region.”

“It is crucial to recognize that we are all in this together, and had we stood united, the current situation could have been averted,” President Barzani lamented.

The Kurdistan Region is celebrating Newroz this year amid a deepening political crisis that has jeopardized the Region’s parliamentary elections scheduled for June 10.

On Monday, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the main party in the Kurdistan Region, announced that it would not take part in the parliamentary elections on June 10, labeling the elections “illegal” and “unconstitutional” after a landmark Iraqi Federal Supreme Court ruling stripped the legislature’s minority quota seats.

The KDP also threatened that it would not be able to continue in the political process in Baghdad if the State Administration Coalition – which formed the Iraqi government in October 2022 – does not uphold its “national responsibilities” to implement the Iraqi constitution and meet the political and administrative agreements of forming the current Iraqi government, led by Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani.

“The annals of history have unequivocally demonstrated that Iraq cannot attain contentment and stability if the Kurds and Kurdistan are deprived of their rights and unjustly treated. It is imperative that we glean valuable lessons from our past missteps in Iraq,” President Barzani stressed.

“Any negligence in upholding the Constitution, federalism, and political accords, coupled with unwarranted meddling and endeavors to diminish the standing of the Kurdistan Region while infringing upon its constitutional rights, will only serve to diminish Iraq rather than yield any benefits,” he added.

Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani also commemorated the holiday, extending his congratulations to the families of the people of the Kurdistan Region.

“For the people of Kurdistan, Newroz represents an eternal symbol of victory and freedom, standing against oppressors and tyrants, and heralding the arrival of a new life and era,” Prime Minister Barzani said in a statement.

“On this occasion, I cannot help but salute with all my appreciation and respect our steadfast people who have unfortunately become victims of a political game played by people and parties whose only interest is trading in their constitutional rights and financial entitlements to achieve their personal gains,” he said, affirming that “the will of our people” will emerge victorious.

Masoud Barzani, leader of the KDP and former Kurdistan Region president, also extended his regards on the occasion.

Barzani later met with US Ambassador to Iraq Alina Romanowski, who expressed Washington’s concern about the KDP withdrawing from the parliamentary elections and called on the party “to exercise its role and work with other parties together to address problems.”

He explained the KDP’s stance, saying the party “has always been in favor of holding elections, and is not afraid of the electoral process but rather has reservations about the method of holding elections and the risk of destabilizing the foundations of coexistence and eliminating the participation of components in political life.”

The KDP leader stressed that his party did not boycott the elections but rather supports holding “fair, free, transparent, and reliable” elections without external interference and “prior agendas.”

Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leader Bafel Talabani in a statement expressed hope that this year’s Newroz will deepen unity and coexistence in the Kurdistan Region.”

“We emphasize the unity and solidarity among all political forces and parties so that we can all serve our people together and make our Kurdistan more prosperous and stable,” Talabani said.

Celebrations and festivities are held across the Kurdistan Region with hundreds of thousands of Kurds wearing their colorful traditional Kurdish clothes.

In Akre, known as the capital of Newroz, it has become a tradition for visitors to climb up the town’s hill with torches after dusk, creating a festive spirit with fireworks displays in the diverse town where Muslims, Christians, and other ethnicities and religious groups have coexisted for centuries.

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Re: RBK wish everyone a Happy Newroz 2724 and a Free Kurdist

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Mar 22, 2024 9:19 pm

Newroz capital Akre lights up

The town of Akre in Duhok province, considered the capital of Newroz, lit up on Wednesday evening as fireworks filled its skies and tens of thousands of people flocked to the area to celebrate Newroz - the Kurdish New Year

Despite the cold, windy, and rainy weather, over 75,000 people and representatives of 40 countries gathered in the town to celebrate this year’s Newroz festival, with the presence of Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani.

Before the start of the festival, the supervisor of the event said that 350 torches had been prepared and the young people carrying them came from the Kurdistan Region as well as Kurdish areas of Iran, Syria, and Turkey.

“Nowhere in this world has this occasion been celebrated like Akre, that’s why we came here today so that in the coming years, Akre will become the center of celebrating Newroz in the Kurdistan Region and the world,” Prime Minister Barzani said in the town.

Alongside the fireworks, a huge Kurdistan flag draped from atop the heights of Akre.

Kurds from all over the Kurdistan Region traditionally gather in the town of Akre to commence the ages-long tradition of lighting fires to welcome the New Year on the first day of spring.

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