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KDP won’t endorse Barham Salih for Iraq presidency, to nominate own candidate

By Rudaw 22/9/2018
KDP politburo chief Fazil Mirani speaks to journalists while campaigning in Pirmam, September 22, 2018. Photo: Rudaw video
KDP politburo chief Fazil Mirani speaks to journalists while campaigning in Pirmam, September 22, 2018. Photo: Rudaw video
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will not endorse Barham Salih for the Iraqi presidency following his nomination by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), a KDP official said Saturday. The party will soon nominate its own candidate.

While out campaigning in Pirmam, Erbil province on Saturday for the September 30 Kurdistan Region election, KDP politburo chief Fazil Mirani said the party will soon field its own candidate for the largely ceremonial role. 

“We will have our own candidate. He will clearly be competing dear Barham. If we accepted Barham Salih, we would not have a nominee,” Mirani said. 

The PUK officially nominated Salih as its sole candidate on Wednesday. Salih resigned from the party he founded late last year, the Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ), and rejoined the PUK as its second deputy. 

Sunday is the deadline for all parties to submit their preferred candidates before a secret ballot takes place in the Iraqi parliament on Tuesday.

Since 2005, the post of Iraq president has always been held by a member of the PUK. 

“Our candidate will be determined by [KDP] President [Masoud] Barzani and it will be later discussed by us and then submitted to the commission in Baghdad,” Mirani explained. 

There are multiple potential candidates within the KDP for the position, “but it has not yet been decided” who will run, he added. 

Salih is reportedly backed unanimously by the Shiite and Sunni parties in the Iraqi parliament. 

Latif Rashid, who failed to win the PUK nomination, told Rudaw he plans to run for president as an independent.

“It is in the interest of the public to have multiple nominees for each post and that the nation’s representatives choose just one of them,” Rashid said.

“A few months ago, many friends, politicians and civil society organizations asked me to nominate myself for the post of the president saying you have been in Baghdad for a long time... Thus, I wrote a correspondence to the PUK politburo asking for their support, and they expressed their readiness for that.”

Despite the PUK nominating Salih, “I informed the PUK that I am still running and not withdrawing,” Rashid added. 


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Gunrash | 22/9/2018
Getting more and more respect for KDP. Aside from last year's events which showed who's patriotic and who's jash, KDP is showing it doesn't want to go back to status quo, business as usual. Really trying to stir things up. As far as I'm concerned, PUK only has Kosrat Rasul left and the guy is past 70, draw your own conclusions.
FAUthman | 22/9/2018
A healthy competition, not at all bitter!Whoever gets the 2/3 vote in the new parliament in Baghdad (and both and other Kurds such as the lady from Gorran all may not) becomes Iraq's next president! That is the way it works, fair enough. Salih may still win!
Sam | 23/9/2018
I want kdp to nominate their own candidate because I want to watch him lose miserably when they elect the next president. It’s gonna be a good laugh . Feel sorry for the scapegoat they will chose
Theavenger | 23/9/2018
Gurnash . How does it taste ! Can you please share with us. I can see some brown stuff on your nose . Lol
Bishop | 23/9/2018
@ Gunrash or gunbichik lmao only traitors in Kurdistan’s are the parties that oppose KDP! KDP is the only political party that maintains its agenda and doesn’t sheer from it! Gunrash your political party and every other political party raised there voice and respected the decision on holding the referendum. When would it have been a good time to hold the referendum ? Not the US or any political party could come up with a good conclusion as to when to hold it! Therefor they went ahead and held it! And it probably the best thing that could have happen to Kurdistan because it shows everybody true colors! Especially PUK they are the biggest traitors to the Kurds they have held the presidency of Iraq for 13 years and haven’t done a thing for the Kurdish nation! They are cowards and they will only do as Iraq and Iran tells them too! They are the only party that are true jahsh! If not for KDP we wouldn’t even have a place to call Kurdistan! Those losers sold Kurds out in Kirkuk but yet they think they should continue to hold the office of the presidency of Iraq why? They brought back a traitor who went against both KDP and puk it goes to show who is hurting to gain power and respect of the Kurdish people! Barham salih is a traitor to his own party and now sides with these jahsh! Kosrat is the only person with respect in that party and I’m surprised he hasn’t sided with KDP yet! And it’s probably because he leads the armed forces of the puk!
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