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Kurdistan

Barzani: I will not stand in next presidential elections

By Rudaw 14/7/2016
President Masoud Barzani met with Turkmen parliamentary officials on Thursday. Photo: Courtesy of Kurdistan Region Presidency
President Masoud Barzani met with Turkmen parliamentary officials on Thursday. Photo: Courtesy of Kurdistan Region Presidency
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – President of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, said that he will not stand in the next Kurdistan Region’s presidential elections in a meeting with Turkmen officials on Thursday.

“I am not interested in the position of the president, but other (Kurdish) parties have not agreed to choose someone for the position,” Barzani was quoted as saying by Majed Bazergan, Head of the Turkmen committee in the Kurdistan Region’s parliament. 

Bazergan added that Barzani has said that he is not going to desert his responsibilities since Kurdistan is in a war against ISIS and is in a severe financial crisis.

“Even if there will be an election for the presidency, I am not going to be a candidate,” Bazergan quoted Barzani.

Barzani made his comments in a meeting with Turkmen parliamentary officials in Erbil on Thursday. 

“The president of the Kurdistan Region has discussed the political and financial crisis in the region as well as the ISIS war with us,” Bazergan said.

He added that Barzani has reiterated his support to Turkmen and other ethnic groups in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, saying that their rights under the constitution must be respected.

Barzani has previously said that he will step down as president after Kurdistan gains independence. A referendum on the issue is expected to be held later this year, before the US election in November. 

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ehh | 14/7/2016
Berez Barzani, if that is true, then i love u and that is how a leader should serve its ppl by leading by example. This is a great step towards a civilised democracy. Ppl should follow laws and constitution and not turn kurdistan to banana republik with sham elections and nepotism. Good examples and role models should start at the top.
guest | 15/7/2016
According to Kurdistan regions constitution which Mr. Barzani himself help draw up no person is allowed more than 2 terms as president. Mr. Barzani's second term finished 2 years ago, it got extended once by the parliament due to an extraordinary situation on the condition that it would not be extended again. But Mr. Barzani's party insisted on another extention which led to this current crises, they dissolved the parliament and in many ways staged a bloodless coup. So for mr. Barzani to talk about not running for another term is quite puzzling and absurd.
shaho | 15/7/2016
His son or cousin will be next president
Alex | 15/7/2016
Southern Kurdistan should adopt the principles of secular democracy, women's rights & gender equality, social justice, rights for LGBT and respect for minorities like Rojava. I don't want to see Southern Kurdistan as a puppet of Baghdad or Tehran or Ankara (all theocracies) but instead join in solidarity with Rojava, PKK, PJAK, KDPI, YPG, YPJ, SDF and all secular forces of liberty, equality and freedom. Barzani is not that person, the PUK & Gorran are the parties to lead Southern Kurdish
FAUthman | 15/7/2016
Two things need to happen soon: 1- A decision needs to be made through an amendment to the draft constitution of the Kurdistan region on whether it will be Parliament or the registered voters of the general public who will select the next president. 2- Kurds need to see and evaluate soon who the possible candidates would be for the next presidency. Each political party should start putting forward names of its potential candidates for the general public to consider. So far despite the hullabaloo of cries that Barzani should resign no one has stepped forward as a credible replacement, neither has the selection process of the president been agreed to and drafted into the interim constitution.
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