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Kurdistan

Iranian diplomat officially invited to Kurdistan Parliament session

By Rudaw 23/6/2015
Mohsen Bawafay
Mohsen Bawafay
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A representative of the Iranian Consulate in Erbil, among other international diplomats, attended a crucial session of Kurdistan Parliament on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming election for the presidency of the Kurdistan Regional Government. 

The Iranian diplomat in attendance, the top adviser to the Iranian Consul General in Erbil, received an official invitation from the Kurdistan Parliament, 

Mohsen Bawafay, Iran's representative, attended alongside diplomats from the consulates of the United States, Egypt and Germany.

The Kurdish political parties the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Goran have demanded amendments to the presidential election law that stipulate the next president be elected by parliament.
 
The current term of President Masoud Barzani term is nearing its end, with earlier reports indicating the presidential vote will be held in August. The upcoming election has set off intense debate between rival Kurdish parties. 

Only 57 parliamentarians of a total 111 took part in Tuesday's session of parliament. The lawmakers in attendance represented the PUK, Goran, the Kurdistan Islamic Union, Kurdistan Islamic League, and the Kurdistan Communist Party. 

All 38 parliamentarians of Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party, as well as lawmakers from several smaller parties, chose to boycott the session.

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ANTIJASH | 23/6/2015
iran had secret meetings with PUK and Gorran before this several times, iran wanted to take barzani away from the presidential seat since barzani is driving for independence, and iran doesnt want an independent kurdistan, we all should thank PUK and Gorran, because now independence wont happen just wait and see and remember these words, have you ever heard other leaders talk about independence as much as barzani, NO, i have never heard gorran nor puk talk about it and trying to get kurds independence, PUK and gorrans leadership have always been puppets of iran since the day they brought iranian troops into kurdistan during the 90's, they rather sell their country and people for higher positions and money, what a shame that some still think about party affiliations rather than be united and push for independence, after what i've seen from these jash partys i say hazar rahmat la Saddam Hussain!, kurdayeti is a joke, what kurdayeti, all we do is backstabbing each other for our enemies interests.
Kurds are also human | 23/6/2015
Demand human rights for the kurds of Iran, your brethren!
Bimire Eran | 23/6/2015
PUK and Goran voters must be proud of this scene.
Muraz Adzhoev | 23/6/2015
This is the selfish political game of so called Kurdish opposition parties, which is obviously not in interests and favor of the Kurdish people. It seems that they are ready to forget about honesty, patriotism and responsibility, when it comes to power. Do they care about the fate of the people of South Kurdistan, outcomes and consequences of the ongoing war, sacrifices of the Kurdish people and Peshmerga, future of next generations? Democracy means, that all main institutions of sovereign power with an appropriate system of governance are formed according to freely expressed patriotic will of the people, which has nothing to do with various selfish interests of so called opposition parties. Power should go only to parties that strongly follow the patriotic will of the people. The parties, which do not - are traitors. The President of Kurdistan region, the commander-in chief of the Peshmerga forces must lawfully limit activities of those parties, because of the war-torn conditions in Southern Kurdistan
M Gonzales
M Gonzales | 23/6/2015
What's the big deal, why not just make him a secretary of state deal. He would be the face of Kurdistan as a ambassador type also. Or do you Kurds just love making things harder than they need to be and just infight out of old habits.

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