Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdistan Region, arrived on Saturday in Baghdad to meet with Haider al-Abadi, the incumbent prime minister of Iraq, Shiite cleric Ammar al-Hakim, head of the Hikma Front, and Nouri al-Maliki, former Iraqi prime minister and head of State of Law.
Barzani, who is deputy president of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), discussed with Hakim the latest updates in Iraqi government formation.
During his meeting with Maliki, he discussed the future of the political process and ongoing dialogues between the national forces to form the next government.
Morever, Barzani also met with Ataa Movement founder and former National Security Advisor Falih Alfayyadh, Iraqi National Accord founder Ayad Allawi, and Fatih Alliance leader Hadi al-Amiri.
The KDP plans to field its own candidate for the Iraqi presidency after refusing to support the nomination of Barham Salih by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).
Although the deadline for candidates to submit their nomination for the presidency is Sunday at 3 p.m., “that does not necessarily mean the president will be voted for on Tuesday,” Bashir Haddad, the KDP second deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament, hinted on Saturday.
“The constitutional timeline allows a president to be elected until October 3,” he said.