PUK leader meets the Coordination Framework in Baghdad 


Shafaq News/ The leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Bafel Talabani, on Monday convened with leaders from the Shiite Coordination Framework at the bureau of the Nouri al-Maliki, the State of Law Coalition leader, in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

The meeting, according to a readout issued by Talabani's bureau, discussed the political and security situation, the challenges facing the country, and the latest updates on talks between the political forces on the government formation.

The readout said that the attendees "reiterated their commitment to cooperating with all the partners to reach an agreement that ends the crisis, expedites the formation of a government capable of meeting the demands of the Iraqis, and maintains the country's security and stability."

On Saturday, sources revealed that the Sadrist movement, Coordination Framework, and al-Siyada Coalition have agreed to endorse Rebar Ahmed's bids for the presidency of the republic, while leaving the selection of a Prime Minister to further meetings. 

The head of al-Siyada bloc Khamis al-Khanjar, and Iraq's Parliament Speaker Mohammad al-Halboosi, joined a delegation from the Coordination Framework led by Hadi al-Ameri, on a visit to al-Hannana, the headquarters of the Sadrist movement's leader Muqtada al-Sadr, in Najaf.

The sources said that the meeting ended up naming the Kurdistan Democratic Party's candidate for presidency as their sole choice "as a part of a vision that integrates the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in the government."

The meeting did not readily come up with a final decision regarding the figure that will take over Premiership, the sources said, but the Coordination Framework and the Sadrist movement agreed to schedule a meeting between the corresponding negotiating committees to ponder a proper formula for selecting a "consensus candidate" for the post.

Al-Sadr, according to the sources, "called for finding proper solutions to the economic crisis, the soaring prices of foodstuff, controlling the market, and the US dollar exchange rate."

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