Iraqi CP hopes for the new "Governing Council"
Last week The Guardian reported that the General Secretary of the Iraqi Communist Party (ICP) was among the 25 persons brought together to form a "Governing Council" for Iraq. It is made up of a wide range of Iraqi political parties and personalities. An editorial in the Party's newspaper Tareeq Al-Shaab explains the approach of the ICP in joining this Council. Their editorial explains that "the issue of the formation of the 'Governing Council' has been a focus for dialogue and discussion" and that it is a "refining of the idea of the Political Council (put forward by the ICP) and is a compromise between the general desire of Iraqis for the establishment of "an Iraqi provisional patriotic coalition government and the governing system endorsed by the UN Security Council in its Resolution 1483". This UN resolution gave recognition to the US and British occupation "authority". The editorial says: "While the new idea attempts to get closer to the objective of enabling Iraqis to play a bigger role in deciding their destiny and running their affairs, the significance and value of this idea will depend mainly on how close it gets to achieving a patriotic government, and speeding up the formation of this government which will prepare for free and fair elections under UN supervision. It would "also prepare a draft constitution to be put to a public referendum". "The idea of setting up the 'Governing Council' will only acquire significance if it becomes an effective institution, with clear and concrete powers at legislative and executive levels, [is able] to monitor the affairs of the administration and have a concrete working mechanism. This will also depend on the 'Council' being representative of the principal forces in Iraqi society and of those parties that made precious sacrifices in the struggle against the dictatorship and for the democratic alternative. "Only a 'Council' with such a description can win the trust of Iraqis and raise their hopes and be qualified to win the support of the broadest masses and mobilise their backing. "The fundamental test and main criterion by which to measure the success of this 'Council' will lie in the speedy restoration of security, stability and normality, rebuilding government institutions, (necessary to eliminate the remnants of the dictatorial regime), rebuilding the system of health and municipal services, reactivating the production cycle, embarking on the process of reconstruction to repair the destruction caused by wars and economic blockade, and advancing towards restoring the country's sovereignty and independence", said the Party's editorial statement.