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Kurdish parties form alliance to take part in provincial elections in Kirkuk

KDP, New Generation have not said
The Kurdish political parties in Kirkuk, excluding the New Generation and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), meet in Kirkuk on Monday (September 9) and decided to form a joint electoral list for the purposes of running in the provincial elections in Kirkuk governorate. Picture taken on September 9, 2019. (Photo Credit: NRT Digital Media)
2019-09-09

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SULAIMANI – Several major Kurdish political parties announced on Monday (September 9) that they will form a joint electoral list for the purposes of running in the provincial elections in Kirkuk governorate.

The new grouping will be called “Kirkuk is Kurdistani” and includes the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the Change Movement (Gorran), the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU), the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG), the Communist Party of Kurdistan and several others. 

It is unclear if either the New Generation Movement or the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will join.

The head of the Communist Party of Kurdistan in Erbil Shekh Sadiq Ahamd said that the decision was taken at the senior level of each party.

In a statement, the parties urged the Kirkuk Provincial Council to move swiftly to approve Jabar Taib as governor of the province. He was nominated by the PUK and KDP in July, but has faced resistance from the other ethnic blocs.

The parties also called on Kurds in the city to visit biometric registration centers and get their election cards to ensure that they are able to vote when the polls are held in April 2020.

A representative from the KDP did not attend the meeting establishing the new list, but the party is likely to express its position in the coming days. It has previously said that it will only participate in elections in the governorate once the situation has been normalized, warning that Kurdish interests will be harmed if the situation does not change.

Kirkuk has participated in provincial elections only once since the collapse of the Ba’athist regime in 2003 because of chronic instability.

(NRT Digital Media)