New Generation Movement sets conditions on supporting other party’s presidential candidate

New Generation Movement (NGM) President Shaswar Abdulwahid (NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — New Generation Movement (NGM) President Shaswar Abdulwahid said on Saturday (January 29) the movement is ready to vote for any party’s candidate for the position of Iraq’s president if that party accepts the NGM’s conditions, which it says are the demands of the people.

Abdulwahid said during a press conference it would be against the movement’s principles to withdraw its candidate and vote for another party’s nominee without achieving anything for the people of the Kurdistan Region.

"Our first condition is for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to decrease the price of gasoline, cooking gas, and kerosene oil in the Region,” he said. "This should be done before Iraq’s parliament meeting on voting for the candidates.”

Abdulwahid also stated the NGM asks the KRG to remove extra taxes and fees on shopkeepers in the Region and to hold the Kurdistan parliamentary election on time with no delay, supervised by an unaffiliated commission.

The NGM’s other conditions were for the KRG to open bank accounts for the employees and the retirees to add their monthly salaries to their accounts every 30 days.

Providing job opportunities to the people of the Region was an additional condition of the movement, Abdulwahid said.

The NGM president also said if either of the Region’s two leading parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) or the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) were ready to accept their condition, the NGM would support that party’s candidate.

On Thursday, Iraq’s parliamentary presidency said the country’s president will be elected on February 7.

The presidency also said the list of candidates for the position will be announced on January 31.

(NRT Digital Media)