“For our dearly departed Nawshirwan Mustafa, I offer my condolences to his family, relatives, friends and to Gorran. My thoughts and feelings are with you,” Barzani said.
“I wish Gorran and supporters of our dearly departed Nawshirwan Mustafa will persist in performing their duties for the sake of Kurdistan and have our common national aim come true,” he added.
KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani sent his message of condolence.
“The death of our fellow fighter and great leader in tough times, Nawshirwan Mustafa, saddened me from the bottom of my heart. I express my condolences to the people of Kurdistan. May his soul rest in peace,” Talabani said.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said in a statement the party wishes to have the long-sought ambition of joining with Gorran occur so that “the soul of Mr. Nawshirwan, as an old friend of Mam Jalal [PUK leader Jalal Talabani] who struggled hard as a PUK founder and had a historic role in modern revolution, can rest.”
The General Coordinator of Gorran, Nawshirwan Mustafa, died one week after he returned to the Kurdistan Region from a medical trip in London.
Mustafa travelled to Germany for medical treatment in September 2015. After his stay in Germany, he went to the U.K. for a “medical follow-up.”
Mustafa was born in 1944 in the city of Sulaimani and graduated from the Political Science College at the University of Baghdad in 1967.
He was a co-founder of the PUK in 1975 and remained a PUK official until 2006 as the party’s Deputy Secretary General.
On July 25, 2009 he founded the Gorran party. His party came in second place by winning 24 seats in the Kurdistan Parliament in the 2013 general elections.
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