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PUK seeks ‘real partnership’ in government as KDP threatens exclusion

By Rudaw 6/10/2018
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leadership council said Saturday it wants “real partnership” in the governance of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region after the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) threatened to cut the PUK’s share of power in the Region’s next government. 

“The leadership council considers real partnership in governance and common responsibility as significant in Iraq and Kurdistan in order to resolve issues and [secure] political stability,” read a statement by the council.

The meeting, held Saturday to discuss the outcome of the Kurdistan Region parliamentary election, was led by the party’s deputy secretary general Kosrat Rasul Ali.

The KDP and the PUK had joined forces for Iraq government formation talks, but a dispute over whose candidate would become Iraqi president harmed the alliance. The PUK, which traditionally holds the post, succeeded in getting Barham Salih elected. 

This angered the KDP, which accused the PUK of betrayal for allegedly violated a deal between both Kurdish parties on the Iraqi presidency. In revenge, the KDP could cut the PUK’s share of influence in the incoming Kurdistan Region government to reflect its share of seats. 

Previously the parties have assigned one another an even share of government posts.

“The meeting … emphasized that Kurdistani political parties shall take the path of dialogue in order to pave the way for these issues to be resolved,” the PUK leadership council said. 

The KDP and opposition parties have also accused the PUK of rigging the September 30 election in Sulaimani province. It is accused of issuing fake citizenship cards (jinsya) which were required for voting. The PUK denies the claims.

“We also strongly refuse all sort of defamation to distort the truth and all attacks on the PUK,” added the statement.

The KRG election commission announced preliminary results earlier this week. The KDP secured 45 seats and PUK 21 seats. However the main opposition party, Gorran, lost about half of its seats, falling from 24 to 12 seats.

The PUK says it will wait for the final results to declare its position

“We reiterate that the PUK will do its best to preserve the confidence and votes of voters through legal and official channels. We will declare our final position when the final results of elections are announced.”


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Muraz Adzhoev | 6/10/2018
The words “traditionally” and “succeeded” are unacceptable, because they are absolutely wrong in political and legal terms. The PUK has been trying to look very “white and fluffy”, but its leadership has made too much and big “black and dirty spots”.
Ben | 7/10/2018
After everything the PUK has done they should be shunned and not be allowed to be a part of the next government! The PUK is nothing more than a pawn of Iran and Qassem Suleymani and all of Kurdistan knows this especially after 16th october!
| 7/10/2018
why what have they been doing since 1992? and all the other elections post 2003? create a problem to divert people's attention from all the theft they are doing? who has been sharing public offices in the KRG? who has 10% of most oil contracts and production in KRG? who takes all the millions in kick backs from oil companies? definitely not the people of the region
NO more jash | 7/10/2018
The PUK has become more than an embarrassment! A criminal company controlled by a family, who sold Kerkuk just to remain in power and enjoy their stolen riches. Their lackeys shoot up buildings, kill innocent people and ignore the law unperturbed! PUKs politics have failed so miserably that people praise Sadam Hussein. Something truly unimaginable. For the sake of Kurdistan, I truly hope PUK and their stolen seats will not allow them to become a partner in the next government.
Ahmed Karson | 7/10/2018
The PUK has no right to enjoy power by stolen seats and selling Kurdish land to remain power in their beloved Baghdad. It is embarrassing that the betrayal of 2017 has not been punished. This is why PUK make big fraud in Iraqi elections in May, Kurdistan elections in September and 'won' the presidency by again betraying their own brothers. It should stop now!

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