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KDP, PUK in talks to settle presidency candidates conflict

The main Kurdish parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) will hold a decisive meeting to agree on a candidate for the presidency post

Iraq's main Kurdish parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), will hold a decisive meeting to agree on a candidate for the presidency post, a political source told Al-Hayat newspaper on Saturday.

“PUK’s candidate, Barham Salih may hold a meeting with Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) President Masoud Barzani to reach a consensus on this issue”, the source added.

The source revealed that the KDP referred to reverting to a “two administrative systems” in case its own candidate failed to claim the post.

On the other hand, PUK said it has certain concerns regarding KDP’s proposal that suggests an internal vote to choose between the two Kurdish candidates, namely Barham Salih and Fuad Hussein.

KDP has earlier 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.

Last Modified: Saturday، 29 September 2018 02:15 PM
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