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Former KRG PM Barham Salih registers own political entity to run in elections

By Rudaw 16/9/2017
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Lawyers working for the second deputy of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Barham Salih registered his political entity on Saturday that will enter this year’s general elections in the Kurdistan Region.
 
Salih’s legal advisor Karim Bahri Bradosti said on Saturday in a news conference that he registered the list with the Kurdistan Region’s High Elections and Referendum Commission.
 
Salih’s voting list is called ‘Alliance for Democracy and Justice.’
 
“Barham Salih will issue a statement after the commission approves the entity,” Bradosti said.
 
Salih has served as PUK’s second deputy. He has also previously been the prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from 2009 to 2012, and deputy prime minister of Iraq prior to that.
 
His entity will form an alliance for future elections in the Region.
 
Sulaiman Abdullah Yunis, a high PUK cadre who is also close to Salih, earlier confirmed to Rudaw the formation of the list that is due to be announced next week.
 
Yunis didn't reveal much information but said that  "Barham [Salih] will reveal all the details himself next week.”
 
There has been a rift in the PUK, as its leader Jalal Talabani has become ill over the past few years and is currently in Germany.
 
Soon after Talabani became the Iraqi president, following a strategic pact with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), a large portion of the PUK left the party with the group's enormously influential deputy Nawshirwan Mustafa, who later founded the defiant Change Movement (Gorran) and became an arch rival of both the PUK and the KDP in 2009.
 
In the absence of an obvious alternative, the PUK rather reluctantly postponed the question of leadership for the party after Talabani.
 
Critics within the PUK accused Talabani's inner circle -- in particular the former first lady Hero Ibrahim Ahmed, of concentrating power in the hands of the immediate family while the party's two deputies, Kosrat Rasoul and Barham Salih, were left out with declining powers.
 
Both Rasoul and Salih have served as prime ministers of the Kurdistan Region and enjoy their own different power bases, although critics would say neither of the two has what it takes to replace Talabani in the party hierarchy.
 
The Kurdistan Region will hold a referendum on independence on September 25 to be followed by presidential and parliamentary elections on November 1.

The Kurdistan parliament hadn’t met in nearly two years because of tensions of between the KDP and Gorran, mainly because of the term of President Masoud Barzani, from the KDP, who has stayed in power beyond his term since 2015.
 
On Friday night, parliament was convened with the deputy speaker who is from the KDP. Gorran and Komal members were not present.
 
The parliament voted in a majority to back the Kurdish independnence vote set for September 25. 

Comments

 
Lenny | 16/9/2017
Strange how a cadre of a political party runs on a seperate list from his own party. Barham salih should either resign from the puk or stay and support his parties list!
Sully | 16/9/2017
Barham Salih should stop being two-faced and either publicly resign from the PUK or stay at home and not going behind his party's back with this new list!
Paul MacAlindin | 16/9/2017
People, this is Iraq. You want logic, go elsewhere!
Kjell Pettersen | 3/10/2017
Barham Salih could be the next President of Kurdistan. He could unite the Kurds and make a better climate between KDP, PUK and Gorran.

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