SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has submitted a proposal seeking another two-year presidential term for Massoud Barzani as well as delay in the parliament election in return for postponing the referendum vote on Iraq’s Kurdistan independence.
Speaking to NRT, a source who attended a recent meeting between Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Change Movement (Gorran) said that the KDP could consider postponing the referendum in return for delay in presidential and parliament elections.
The KDP has submitted the proposal to the PUK for which it has received the PUK’s willingness, according to information obtained by NRT.
During a meeting held on Tuesday between PUK and Gorran, the PUK expressed its position in favor of delaying the independence referendum and urged Gorran to agree on the concessions which the KDP sought, the source told NRT.
Following their meeting in Sulaimani, Gorran and PUK released no statement about discussions between them.
Massoud Barzani has led Kurdistan region as president from 2005 for two executive terms and his last term was extended in 2013 by ruling KDP and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) for two more years on the condition that he can no longer run as president.
Barzani’s term as President of Kurdistan expired on August 20, 2015 but refused to step down and remains unofficially in office.
According to the law, Barzani cannot run for presidency anymore and his term cannot be extended.
Barzani has closed the Kurdish parliament in October 2015 after his term expired and his KDP forces prevented Kurdistan parliament speaker, Yusuf Mohammed Sadiq, from Gorran Movement, from entering Erbil and Kurdistan PM Nechirvan Barzani has removed four members of his cabinet from the Change Movement and replaced them with KDP politicians.
Barzani said in March 2016 I will not leave power until Kurdistan get statehood.
“The day we have an independent Kurdistan, I will cease to be the president of that Kurdistan”
Barzani sets Nov.
1 for parliamentary and presidential elections in Iraqi Kurdistan
In August 2017, Massoud Barzani said that he would not run in the upcoming presidential elections planned for November.
He said “neither I nor my relatives will run in presidential elections.”
Barzani and his clan hold several key positions that give him control, for example, of the intelligence service, key media outlets and top positions in the regional government.
His son Masrour is the Kurdistan region’s intelligence chief and his nephew Nechirvan the prime minister.
Barzani has been accused by critics of amassing huge wealth for his family instead of serving the population.
Kurdish politicians accuse Barzani of using referendum and the self-determination issue as means to stay in power and monopoly it.
Kurdistan considered as the most corrupted part of Iraq. According to Kurdish lawmakers billions of dollars are missing from Iraqi Kurdistan’s oil revenues.
The Kurdistan Region’s political parties, not including Gorran Movement and the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG), came to an agreement on June 7 to hold a referendum on the region’s independence on September 25, 2017. The decision was slammed by Iraq, US, UK, EU, Russia, Germany, Turkey and Iran.
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