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When will the donkey parties self-dissolve in our country?

A POLITICAL party in Kurdistan, Iraq — called the ‘Donkey Party’ — was founded in the 1970s by Omar Kalol who announced its dissolution last week. The party was famous in Kurdistan and a statue was even created in its honor. The bronze statue, which is five feet high and three feet wide, consists of the head and shoulders of a donkey dressed in a suit, collared shirt and tie. Known as the ‘elegant donkey’, the statue is located along Nali Street in Sulaimaniya.

The party was founded decades ago because of the close ties between the Kurds and donkeys, whereas donkeys played a major role in assisting the Kurds in their frequent journeys through rough hills.  This is in addition to the fact that the donkey is a symbol of the ability to endure humiliation; in this case, human humiliation. Thousands of members adopted the donkey as symbol of their party because the Kurds in Iraq endured for many years the mockery by Iraqi Arabs — the Sunnis and Shiites.  They were considered the epitome of naivety and simplicity; in the same manner that the Egyptians in the city are with their ‘Saeedis’, even if it is not completely true and most of the time, it is the other way round.

Donkey Party Secretary General Omar Kalol said that since its inception in the 1970s, the party and its donkey protection society received the official license only in 2005 after the ‘no-return’ fall of Saddam’s regime.  The license was issued by Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government. Nevertheless, the party endured long period of denial in its bid to convince the official bodies in Iraq to encourage people to respect and treat animals better, especially the donkeys.

According to an article published on the 21st of this month in London-based newspaper Al-Hayat, the party endured a lot of mockery and sarcasm on various Internet social communication platforms. Through these platforms, the party officials have been subjected to name-calling; up to the extent of calling an official, ‘O donkey’.  Other names were used, such as ‘young donkey’ to refer to a novice member or ‘big donkey’ referring to senior officials; while the party’s political office is known as ‘Khan’ — where donkeys are kept at night.  The party’s branches are called ‘stables’ and members who wanted to establish a radio station are called ‘bray’ — the sound made by donkeys.

I have been hearing about this party for quite sometime and I am following news about it from time to time.  In my opinion, this party is sincere and true to itself, because majority of political parties in the Arab world have proven to be true and sincere parties of donkeys; starting from the Baathist, Brotherhood, left-wing and communist parties...None of the ‘blood parties’ succeeded in ruling the Arabs.

In Kuwait, we have organizations, which are several covert parties of such; nonetheless, I will not get into details so that I don’t fall into error, because the ‘characteristics’ imply more than one group. Still, all I hope from Allah, the Almighty, is for these groups to follow in the footsteps of the only sincere and true party in the Arab world, — the Kurdish Donkey’s Party by immediately declaring their dissolution today, not tomorrow; so that we rest from their evil.

By Ahmed Ali Al-Baghli
Former Minister of Oil


By: Ahmed Ali Al-Baghli

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