Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Popular Council
|Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Popular Council|
ܡܘܬܒܐ ܥܡܡܝܐ ܟܠܕܝܐ ܣܘܪܝܝܐ ܐܬܘܪܝܐ
المجلس الشعبي الكلداني السرياني الآشوري
|Leader||Fahmi Yousif |
|Founded||March 12, 2007|
|Student wing||CSA Student and Youth Center|
|Seats in the Council of Representatives of Iraq:|
|Seats in the Kurdistan Parliament:|
|Seats in the local governorate councils:|
|Politics of Iraq
Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Popular Council popularly known as Motwa (Syriac: ܡܘܬܒܐ ܥܡܡܝܐ ܟܠܕܝܐ ܣܘܪܝܝܐ ܐܬܘܪܝܐ Motḇā ʿammāyā kaldāyā suryāyā āṯurāyā, Arabic: المجلس الشعبي الكلداني السرياني الآشوري al-Majlis al-Shaʿbi al-Kaldāni al-Suriyāni al-Āshuri) is a political party in Iraq that was founded by Sarkis Aghajan, a high ranking KDP, in 2007. The Party runs Ishtar TV and publishes several different monthly magazines.
The party's main goal is to have the heavily ethnically Assyrian populated Nineveh plains receive self-administrative government or outright autonomy. The party claims the majority of the population in the Nineveh plains suffers neglect and lack of service because of their Christian faith and Assyrian ethnicity.
The party is closely affiliated with Massoud Barzani's KDP and was accused in previous elections of intimidating and bribing Christians. The bribes included promises of employment and reductions in rents at Aghajan-owned apartments. This was confirmed by an investigation led by UNPO and Assyria Council of Europe in the January 2009 elections.
Its main rival is the Assyrian Democratic Movement, but since 2011 the two have been part of a coalition and work closely together.
In the January Iraqi governorate elections of 2009, the party was part of a coalition that won the Assyrian reserved seats in Baghdad and Ninawa. It officially backed the Chaldean Democratic Union for the Basra seat, which the CDU won.
On July 25, 2009, the party ran for the first time on its own for the 111-member Kurdistan National Assembly (see Iraqi Kurdistan legislative election, 2009). It received over 10,000 votes and won 3 of the 5 reserved Assyrian seats.
There are two main issues that the party has based itself on. The first is to establish "self-government" in the Assyrian-inhabited areas of northern Iraq. The area generally includes the Nineveh plains, which compromises the three district of Tel Keppe, Bakhdida, and Al-Shikhan. The second issue the party bases itself on is to have the three different Assyrian sub-sects all united as under one name in the constitution of Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan region.
- Overview of Assyrian slates running in the 2009 elections, Fred Aprim
- المجلس الشعبي الكلداني السرياني الآشوري يطالب بإقامة حكم ذاتي في منطقة سهل نينوى, Iraq Alaan, 8/28/2008 
- Preliminary Report: Iraqi Provincial Elections, 12 February 2009, UNPO