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'We are looking to build the future in Kurdistan': New Generation President Abdulwahid

New Generation President Shaswar Abdulwahid on NRT's Tawtwe program. Oct 9, 2021.
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SULAIMANI — Just weeks removed from New Generation’s most successful election to date, its President Shaswar Abdulwahid insisted that Movement was looking ahead to what it could do with its influence.

In an interview with Middle East Eye published on Wednesday (October 27), Abdulwahid said that "we are talking about the future.”

"I've seen the future. I've seen the next 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, maybe... we think day after day if we stay on the same path and stay with the people, and the KDP and PUK stay on their own path - which is just corruption, money, companies - in a couple of years, or maybe the next five or 10 years, things will change," he added.

This change would come in the quality of people’s lives, he argued, using the example of the Movement’s efforts to repair and improve the flood-prone the Smaquli bridge in 2019.

In addition to trying to improve public services, Abdulwahid said that economic development was the best way to bring prosperity to the Kurdistan Region and its people.

"To be honest with you, my perspective of the issue is from the economic angle. The [Kurdistan democratic Party’s] perspective is fighting from the mountains 50 years ago," he said.

"I think the best thing to happen for the people of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq is to establish stability, and stability brings the growing of economic development. The development and businesses make the people more happy and leave a better economic situation."

In the interview, he reiterated the Movement’s decision not to take part in government formation in Baghdad, saying that New Generation is not interested in positions, unlike the other parties.

"We are looking to build the future in Kurdistan, [it is] not about the money, or corruption or ministries in Baghdad,” he said.

(NRT Digital Media)