Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr met on Wednesday with Kurdish politician and presidential nominee Barham Salih in Najaf city, Iraq.
Salih, who was chosen by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to run for president, and Sadr discussed the latest political developments in Iraq as well as the formation of the new government.
"Salih visited al-Sadr as he sought the support of coalition of Alliance towards Reforms during the presidential election," an informed source told The Baghdad Post.
Last week, Saleh obtained approval from the head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masud Barzani, to be the Kurdistan Region’s nominee for the presidency of Iraq.
PUK, one of the ruling Kurdish parties, has nominated Salih as candidate in the upcoming presidential election.
PUK chose Salih, who left the party last year to form the Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ), as their presidential candidate after winning the internal party election by 26 votes.
However, The Kurdistan Democratic Party has said that the decision to nominate Barham Salih for the presidency post was not taken by the two major Kurdish powers, adding that the KDP will nominate another candidate.
Member of the party Sherzad Qasem said in a press statement that settling on a nominee for the two main parties in Kurdistan, the KDP and the PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) requires holding new meetings before the vote to achieve consensus and agree on a new candidate.
Qasem said that agreements between the KDP and the PUK will be invalid in case the PUK insisted to nominate Salih.