The official candidate of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Fuad Hussein, asserted on Monday that he expects to gain the vote of Iraq's parliament.
Hussein said in a press statement that “he met with all Iraqi political leaders, and most of them asserted their support in the presidential election,” pointing out that “those leaders asserted that the post should be assigned to a Kurdish candidate."
“We held a meeting with the Kurdistan Islamic Group (Komal) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan,” Hussein stated. “We are moving forward and we will win,” he concluded.
The pro-Iran bloc, the Building Coalition, declared earlier that it will back the official nominee of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Fuad Hussein, for the presidency post, an informed source in the coalition told The Baghdad Post on Sunday.
“Following the meeting held Sunday in Baghdad, the Building Coalition agreed to support Hussein for the presidency,” the source said, pointing out that the coalition received a “positive” phone call from KDP leader Massoud Barzani.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said on Saturday
that Barzani is sticking by his candidate for the presidency of the
republic, Fuad Hussein, with the goal of bargaining for positions in
the Kurdistan region, pointing out that the choice of president is
linked to the provincial parliamentary elections.
On Sunday, Iraq's parliament summoned all presidential candidates who met the legal conditions for a special session to vote on the president on Monday.
According to a statement issued by the Parliament's media department, the session will be held at 8 am, where the president will be voted on.
The statement named 24 candidates who met the legal conditions including, sole PUK candidate Barham Salih, Serdar Abdullah, Abdul Latif Gamil Rashid, Omer Berzinji and KDP candidate Fuad Hussein.