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President Barzani throws full force of KDP behind Fuad Hussein's presidential bid

By Rudaw 24/9/2018
From left: KDP President Masoud Barzani, then chief of staff of the Kurdistan Region presidency Fuad Hussein, Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, and KRG head of the Department for Foreign Relations meet at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2017. Photo: KRP
From left: KDP President Masoud Barzani, then chief of staff of the Kurdistan Region presidency Fuad Hussein, Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, and KRG head of the Department for Foreign Relations meet at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2017. Photo: KRP

 

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) President Masoud Barzani with "full force" will support Fuad Hussein for Iraqi presidency because of his “competence.” 

"Concerning the appointing of the KDP candidate for the post of Iraqi president, we preferred for the Kurdistani parties to agree on one person, but unfortunately, that did not occur," Barzani wrote in a statement on Monday. 

“And to decide on this matter, the KDP politburo gave me the liberty to nominate the post for president and due to his competence, I preferred to nominate Mr. Fuad Hussein for this position,” Barzani continued.

A native of Khanaqin, Hussein has lived much of his life in Baghdad and the Netherlands. He has a doctorate in international relations and speaks Kurdish, Arabic, English and Dutch. 

Barzani added that "with full force, we are supporting Dr. Fuad Hussein and we wish him success."

After the fall of the Baath regime, Fuad Hussein was put in charge of revamping the country’s education curriculum. 


He most recently served as chief of staff to Barzani in the now dissolved Kurdistan Region presidency.

The KDP leader described Hussein as "loyal." Barzani said he was confident Hussein "would execute his duties in the post very well for both the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, and all the components of Iraq and he would be a useful and committed person."

The KDP nominated Hussein for president on Sunday, following the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s (PUK) nomination of Barham Salih and the KDP saying they would not back Salih. Six other Kurdistani nominees are also in the running, although they lack large party backing. 

“Mr. Masoud Barzani officially called on me to run as a KDP candidate for Iraqi presidency,” said Hussein on Sunday. “The visit by Mr Nechirvan Barzani to Baghdad is for this reason.”

Nechirvan Barzani, the KDP's deputy head and KRG Prime Minister, met with most top Shiite political figures in the Iraqi capital and Najaf over the weekend. 

KDP won 25 seats in the Iraqi election, while the PUK took 18 — the best performing parties from the Kurdistan Region. Salih led the Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ) in the election, picking up 2 seats. 

Last week Salih announced he was leaving the CDJ. The remaining party members are not supporting Salih’s bid for the presidency. He was a longtime member of the PUK before forming the CDJ in 2017.

The Iraqi presidency has gone to a member of the PUK since the new Iraq was formed in 2005. The KDP argues that the post does not belong to the PUK, but said that it is now the KDP’s turn given the party’s strong showing in the Iraqi election.

The KDP and PUK previously have agreed that the PUK would take the presidency in Iraq and KDP would take it in the Kurdistan Region. Both parties are in a bloc in Baghdad having said they were going to the Iraqi capital to prioritize the rights of Kurds over posts in government.

The presidency was given to the Kurds while the Shiites took the prime minister’s office and Sunnis the speaker of parliament under a power-sharing agreement. 

Sunday was the deadline for nominations. Parliament will reconvene on October 3 to vote in a president.

Updated at 12:32 p.m.

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Pliny The Kurd | 24/9/2018
Let's it be as our President deem it better . Good luck
Riha | 24/9/2018
KDP's own decision or orders from the Americans?
Real Kurd | 24/9/2018
Yes, we all agree, no for those who betrayed Kurdish people and Kirkuk. Viva Independent Kurdistan, a goal we will never give up.
Muraz Adzhoev | 24/9/2018
All the facts undoubtedly testify that only the candidate of the KDP, the representative of Kurdistan in the post of the President of the Iraqi federation will resolutely, properly fulfill the main political and legal duties as the guarantor of the Iraqi federative Constitution, including in respect of appropriate observance of inalienable, legitimate, justified rights and interests of the already self-determined People of Southern Kurdistan. If (highly likely) the Government of Iraq continues its traditionally hostile anti-constitutional policy towards the KRG (Southern Kurdistan), the new President of Iraq (Fuad Hussein) will officially declare the disintegration of the deadly and catastrophically failed Iraqi federation.
Tan | 24/9/2018
What's wrong with these party's? all the hot air from KDP about a united Kurdish front was all lies, here was your chance. They can't even say why they don't endors Barham Saleh? he is well experienced, pragmatic, and can work with both PUK and KDP, now neither candidate will get elected
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