New Generation Movement

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New Generation Movement

جوڵانه‌وه‌ی نه‌وه‌ی نوێ
LeaderShaswar Abdulwahid Qadir
Founded2018
HeadquartersSilemani, Iraqi Kurdistan
IdeologyLiberalism
Council of Representatives
4 / 329
Kurdistan Parliament
8 / 111
Seats in the Governorate Councils
0 / 440
Governors
0 / 18

The New Generation Movement or Naway Nwe (Kurdish: جوڵانه‌وه‌ی نه‌وه‌ی نوێ‎, Arabic: حراك الجيل الجديد‎), is an Iraqi Kurdish political party formed to contest the 2018 general election.[1]

Controversies[edit]

On 22 April 2019, the party's Supreme Council and two prominent members of the Iraqi Parliament, Rabun Maroof and Sarkawt Shamsulddin published a statement on Facebook, which, among others, read 'The New Generation has been shifted from a political movement different from the dominant political model to a political band in which all of its institutions and the important decision-making bodies have been marginalized.'

They also stated that the New Generation Movement 'no longer enjoys collective decision making'. They accused the party leadership of getting 'involved in business and family to the extent that it is difficult to separate.'[2]

On 25 April 2019, the Supreme Council of the New Generation Movement suspended two of their 'high-profile members' who publicly criticized the party.[3] On the same day, a 'high-level official' of the Movement was arrested by the Sulaymaniyah police, following a complaint by Shadi Nawzad, a New Generation MP in the Kurdistan Parliament.[4] She accused the New Generation Movement's leader, Shaswar Abdulwahid, and some factions within the party of blackmailing her and other lawmakers by circulating nude videos.[5]

Still on the same day, New Generation leader Shaswar Abdulwahid disputed the accusations of mixing the family, politics and business, and accused the dissident members of the party of 'betraying' him, while speaking from London where he received medical care.[6] He also went on rejecting claims about the lack of collective decision making, saying 'Why didn't they say the decisions were unilateral when I made decisions to make them lawmakers and heads of caucuses?'. Furthermore, he stated 'We have seventeen offices within New Generation: none of my family members are in charge of those offices.' He also hinted about possible KDP (Kurdish Democratic Party, the largest party currently in the Kurdistan Parliament) and PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan involvement, the largest party in Iraq's Sulaymaniyah Governorate); 'This is a disgusting plan by both parties in power, which are the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in Sulaimani and the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Erbil,', he said, adding that he expects 'more [of the same] from both parties in the future,'.[7][8]

In the following weeks, several members of the movement have been arrested including the secretary of the leader, the director of Nalia group (founded by Abdulwahid) and social media staff members. Some political parties outside the PUK and KDP condemned the arrests, including the Kurdistan Islamic Group (Komal) the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU), and The Freedom Movement of Kurdistan Society (Tevgera Azad).[9]

On 10 May 2019, four arrested members of the New Generation said Abdulwahid ordered them to threaten Shadi Nawzad. They also claimed that the Movement has two social media departments; one that administrates and manages the official social media pages, and the other that uses non-direct accounts and pages to attack political leaders.[10]

On the same day, Abdulwahid reacted with stating that the Sulaymaniyah Asayesh (which detained the party members and released their confessions) are to blame because they want to 'target and defame' the Movement. He added that 'When we took this path we knew that it is a difficult path. We also knew that changing a system or toppling a KDP and PUK establishment in Kurdistan is not easy'. He stated that 'We will continue and not give up'.[11]

On 16 May 2019, the leader of the Movement, Shashwar Abdulwahid was detained after appearing in a Slimani (Sulaymaniyah) court. Earlier that day, he published a Facebook post, saying 'Concerning the arrest warrant, I am going to court myself as we have done it in the past... What we and our friends suffer is the price of our stances, not a mistake. Many have made big mistakes and committed heinous crimes, but walk freely in this county,', and stated 'Making big changes requires sacrifices, patience and determination. At the end of the day, the one who has faith in his cause will prevail.'. He added that 'We assure everyone that we will not give up and will become stronger,'.[12]

Later, it was stated that Abdulwahid had gone on a hunger strike, with his health 'unstable' by 22 May 2019.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shaswar Abdulwahid elected president of New Generation Movement". Rudaw. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  2. ^ "New Generation MPs accuse party of abandoning ideals". Rudaw. 22 April 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  3. ^ "New Generation suspends two dissident MPs". Rudaw. 25 April 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  4. ^ "High-level New Generation member arrested: Sulaimani police". Rudaw. 25 April 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  5. ^ "New Generation MP accuses leader of nude video blackmail". Rudaw. 24 April 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  6. ^ "New Generation leader says he was 'betrayed' by dissidents". Rudaw. 25 April 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  7. ^ "NEW GENERATION PRESIDENT ABDULWAHID RESPONDS TO CRITICISM FROM MOVEMENT LAWMAKERS". NRT. 25 April 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Shaswar Abdulwahid accuses KDP, PUK of trying undermine New Generation". Ekurd. 25 April 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Security forces arrest 5 in New Generation house raids". Rudaw. 7 May 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Detained members of Kurdish party confess leader threatened their own MP, others". Kurdistan24. 10 May 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  11. ^ "New Generation slander confessions are effort to diminish party: head". Rudaw. 10 May 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  12. ^ "New Generation leader detained in blackmail, defamation probe". Rudaw. 16 May 2019. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Health of New Generation leader 'unstable' as he is on hunger strike : Party". Rudaw. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019.