On October 21, a PDKI delegation headed by Mustafa Hijri, General Secretary of PDKI, visited Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan at its headquarters outside of Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan. The PDKI delegation was received by Abdulla Mohtadi, General Secretary of Komala, and other members of the party leadership. In the meeting, political developments since the election of Hassan Rouhani were assessed and both parties reaffirmed their commitment to strategic cooperation in pursuit of the rights of the Kurdish people and regime change in Iran.
The PDKI and Komala are strategic partners in pursuit of common goals: regime change and national rights for the Kurdish people within a federal and democratic Iran. To this end, both parties signed a historical agreement on strategic cooperation last year. According to officials from both parties, the goal is to broaden this framework of cooperation by including other Kurdish parties and organizations.
PDKI and Komala both called on the Kurdish people to boycott the latest presidential election in Iran. They share a common analysis that while there are factions within the Iranian regime, what unites them is a strategic commitment to the Islamic Republic as a political system. It is this political system that needs to be changed, PDKI and Komala underline.
Elections in the Islamic Republic, the PDKI and Komala emphasize, are anything but democratic, since there is no freedom of speech, press freedom, or freedom of assembly in contemporary Iran. All candidates are vetted by non-elected bodies that carry out the orders of the Islamic regime’s “supreme leader,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. These sham elections, therefore, are meant to convey the false impression that the regime enjoys democratic legitimacy. The regime thus organizes elections in order to manipulate domestic and international opinion.
Given this analysis of the political system in Iran, both parties agree that Rouhani’s election does not signify any change in the policies of the Islamic regime. Iran has only changed its tone in order to have international sanctions lifted.
The leadership of PDKI and Komala also reaffirmed their commitment to strategic cooperation with each other.