KDP responds to PUK: Presidency is a Kurdish entitlement, not personal or partisan

KDP responds to PUK: Presidency is a Kurdish entitlement, not personal or partisan

Shafaq News/ The Spokesperson to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Mahmoud Mohammed, on Monday said that the Presidency position is an entitlement of the Kurdish component, not a party itself.

Mohammad's remarks come amid a disagreement between the two leading Kurdish parties in the Kurdistan Region, the KDP and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), over the next President of the Republic of Iraq.

While the PUK insists upon naming Salih for a second mandate, its rival (Kurdistan Democratic Party-KDP) does not agree that he has discharged the role of president in an adequate manner and named Hoshyar Zebari as its candidate for the position.

In a statement he issued earlier today, the KDP spokesperson dismissed the PUK's statement as "fact skewing".

"Per the instructions of President [Masoud] Barzani, a delegation from the KDP visited all the Kurdish parties to bring together the Kurdish home and form a single delegation to Baghdad."

"After a series of meetings between the political bureaus of both parties, President Barzani received the PUK Co-president President, Bafel Talabani," he continued, "unfortunately, when the delegation arrived in Baghdad, it appeared that it does not share a common vision. In addition, the PUK withdrew from the delegation without informing the KDP."

"The PUK withdrew from the parliament speaker election session," Mohammed said, "this issue disrupted the unity of the Kurdish forces."

"The Presidency is an entitlement of the Kurds, not a party or a person. However, the PUK insists upon naming a person without the approval of the Kurdish home."

Yesterday, the PUK's Politburo reiterated his commitment to naming its leading figure and the incumbent President of the Republic, Barham Salih, for a second mandate, criticizing the KDP's candidature of Hoshyar Zebari to the post.

Per the power-sharing formula between the two leading Kurdish parties, the President of the Republic was usually named by the PUK. However, this might change in light of the parliamentary election results that saw the KDP securing 31 seats, compared to the PUK's 17.

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