Interview with Iraqi communist leader:
Power to the people!
In an interview with Hamid Mousa, the General Secretary of the Iraqi Communist Party, published by the Iraqi daily Al-Sa'ah, the party leader said that the Party strives, through participating in the Governing Council, to raise the prestige of Iraqis and their role in defending their interests. The party is using the transitional period to speed up putting political power in the hands of the Iraqi people, in order that they start ruling and running the affairs of their country by themselves. Replying to a question about the invitation extended to the party to join the Governing Council, he said that the Communist Party is a political force with a memorable history and an established presence and anyone who looks for solutions to Iraq's problems cannot ignore the Party's role. Regarding the position of the Americans towards the Council, and whether they would use a "veto" to annul its decisions, Hamid Mousa said that this a matter of contest. There is no one single authority which would decide, full stop. Alongside the occupation authority which was legitimated by UN Security Council Resolution 1483, there is now the authority of the Governing Council, which the Council is trying to expand. He added that this path is extremely difficult. It constitutes a challenge from the practical point of view. But the members of the Council are prepared to take it up through continuous dialogue and serious discussions between the two sides. He said that the word "veto" does not exist at present, in practice. This does not mean that we can work without taking into account the existence of another authority along with us. Hamid Mousa said that the Iraqi Communist Party was among those calling for an enlargement of the Council to include other forces. The fact that this or that party did not join the Council does not in any way diminish its significance. He expressed his hope that those who did not join the Council would prepare to take part in the general elections when the people will choose their true representatives. Replying to criticism of the Governing Council, he said that he regards the views of critics with respect, hoping that their criticisms would be positive and without defamation. Hamid Mousa said that the Iraqi Communist Party aspires to establish a democratic, pluralistic and federal republican system of government in a unified Iraq. Regarding federalism, he said that the Party is not opposed to administrative federalism, but the issue is different for Iraqi Kurdistan, as the people there have their own legitimate national rights which they ought to enjoy, and this will not be guaranteed by mere administrative federalism. In response to a question by the Al-Sa'ah correspondent about the secret behind the large numbers of people visiting the party headquarters and centres, and the evident movement and activity there, the Hamid Mousa explained that the Iraqi Communist Party is the oldest deeply-rooted political party in Iraq, and has a lot of close ties with various sections and strata of the people, interacting with the masses of citizens and their aspirations and desires, and supporting their legitimate demands. The Party's long history of struggle against the dictatorship is full of sacrifices. This is the reason why people come and visit their party centres in large numbers, and even apply to join the Party. Those wishing to become party members come from various age groups, including young people along with older members whose relationship with the Party had been severed under the demised regime of terror, and who now want to resume their work and continue the march ahead, he said.