Fuad Hussein, a native of Khanaqin, was the KDP's choice for the Iraqi presidency. Photo: KDP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Fuad Hussein, the Kurdistan
Democratic Party’s (KDP) failed choice for the Iraqi presidency, thanked his
supporters and called for Kurdistani parties to preserve their unity.
“We were very happy when my respectful brother Nechirvan
Barzani and respectful Bafel Talabani reached an agreement to present one
candidate to the Iraqi Council of Representatives. That agreement had been
reached two hours prior to the Iraqi parliament’s session,” Fuad Hussein wrote
in a letter on Thursday.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) claims there was no
official agreement with the KDP in the hours before Barham Salih was elected as
Iraqi president on Tuesday. The KDP claims there was an agreement and it was
violated by the PUK.
Hussein, not currently a member of either party, said he was
surprised that Salih hadn’t withdrawn his candidacy and had entered into
alliances with Iraqi politicians whom were “ignoring the agreed mechanism and
didn’t keep their promise.”
Hussein thanked KDP President Masoud Barzani, its party’s negotiators
and advocates, foreign backers, different Iraqi groups, Kurdish and Iraqi
journalists, and media outlets.
“Here, we reiterate that our work in the long-lasting
struggle has always been for the sake of the unity of Kurdistani parties,”
It was the first public comment by Hussein after the events
on Wednesday in Baghdad.
“That is why, from this standpoint, all have the obligation
to preserve the unity of Kurdistan’s people,” Hussein asserted.
After Salih’s ascension, he tasked Shiite politician Adil
Abdul-Mahdi with forming the next government within the constitutional timeline