January 15, 2021

Masud Barzani's PDK wins the elections in Iraqi Kurdistan

Masud Barzani's PDK wins the elections in Iraqi Kurdistan



The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), a group founded by former Kurdish President Masud Barzani, has won the parliamentary elections in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, held on September 30, officials announced.

The conservative party secures 45 seats of the 111 reserved for the Kurdish Parliament after obtaining 688,070 votes, at a distance of 24 seats and more than 350,000 votes of the second most voted, the progressive Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (UPK), the commission reported last night election, gathered today by the KDP and Kurdish media.

The official account of the International Relations office of the PDK said today that, "according to the distribution of the 100 seats in Parliament," since the other 11 are reserved for ethnic minorities, the liberal party Gorran (Cambio) would have obtained 12 seats, the half of seats that he obtained in the previous elections and being relegated to third place.

The surprise was the newly created New Generation party, which enters the Parliament with 8 seats and whose leader, Shaswar Abdulwahid, has positioned itself as the second most voted leader in the elections, after Qubad Talabani, UPK, as reported by the middle Rudaw.

Although the PDK has swept the elections, it has remained 12 seats to achieve an absolute majority in a Parliament historically divided by its rival UPK and the rest of the opposition parties to the ruler.

According to the PDK, "negotiations to form the new regional government will begin soon," without giving further details.

So far, there has been no reaction from the main leaders of the Kurdish groups.

The delay to announce the official results is due to the fact that the Electoral Commission received 1,045 complaints from the parties after alleged irregularities during the electoral day, in which participation was around 60% of the 3.3 million voters called to vote. the polls.

The parliamentary elections were the first to take place in Iraqi Kurdistan after the unilateral independence referendum held in this region in September last year, not recognized by Baghdad.

The main driver of the referendum, Masud Barzani, was forced to resign from the Kurdistan Presidency a month after the referendum was held, although he could see himself again in the place he left after being imposed in the elections.

The elections, initially scheduled for the end of 2017, were then postponed due to the political instability caused by the holding of the consultation, the results of which were annulled by the Constitutional Court of Iraq.

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