Iran's commander of Quds Force, Major General Qasem Soleiman, has called upon the Kurdish and Shiite powers in Iraq to choose a sole presidential candidate in order to get the majority of votes on Thursday’s Parliament session, an informed source told Baghdad Post.
He also demanded the two main Kurdish powers, namely the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), to set on a single candidate, otherwise, he himself will select the candidate.
Soleimani asserted that nominating more than one candidate could weaken the Kurdish opportunity in the formation of the Iraqi government.
PUK, one of the ruling Kurdish parties, has nominated Kurdish leader Barham 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.
On Tuesday, Shiite-led blocs agreed to nominate Adel Abdul Mahdi, the former vice president, for the post of prime minister.
Salih, who was born in Sulaymaniyah in 1960, headed the KurdistanRegional Government in 2001, and was one of the deputies of the federal government in 2006.
He occupied several ministerial posts in Baghdad and Erbil in the last 15 years.
However, The (KDP) 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.