Freitag, 19.05.2017 / 13:59 Uhr

Ein Nachruf

Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Heute morgen verstarb in Suleymaniah der Mitbegründer der Patriotischen Union Kurdistans (PUK), der später die oppositionelle Gorran Bewegung anführte. Er gehörte zu den wichtigsten Politikern in Irakisch-Kurdistan. Ein Nachruf:

The leader of the Change Movement Nawshirwan Mustafa died at the age of 73 in Sulaimani Friday morning just a week after he returned to Kurdistan from the UK where he received treatment for his illness.

“With great sadness today the great fighter and the leader of our nation Nawshirwan Mustafa has died at 8:00 o’clock in the morning on Friday after a long battle with illness,” the change Movement said in a written statement.

“The Gorran Movement despite expressing condolences to his family, ourselves, and our nation, reiterate that [we] will follow the path and program of this great leader to serve Kurdistan,” the statement continued.

Mustafa will be laid to rest Saturday morning at 10:00, the spokesperson of the Gorran Movement Shorish Haji said in a statement.

He will be buried in Gorran Headquarters in Sulaimani based on Mustafa’s will, Haji added.

Mustafa’s Gorran movement introduced the first opposition party to the political landscape in the Kurdistan Region in 2009 after it won 25 seats in that year’s parliamentary elections.

Mustafa left the Kurdistan Region for the United Kingdom on September, 3, 2016 when Gorran officials confirmed he had gone to the UK to receive medical treatment.

His party won 24 seats in the 2013 general elections and joined the Kurdish government in Erbil.

It is currently standing in second place after the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

Mustafa’s wife Shu’la Ali Saeed died in March.

He was a founding member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in 1976 by the former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

Mustafa and Talabani fell out in 2006 and formed the Gorran movement.