Fi­nal re­sults for the Kur­dis­tan par­lia­men­tary elec­tions an­nounced

The re­sults are ex­pected to al­ter the po­lit­i­cal make-up of the new Cab­i­net

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Zakaria Muhammed

The rul­ing party, the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP), won a ma­jor­ity vote in the Septem­ber 21 par­lia­men­tary elec­tion, com­ing first with 38 seats. The op­po­si­tion Goran [Change] move­ment claimed 24 seats to fin­ish sec­ond ahead of the PUK, which ob­tained 18 seats, ac­cord­ing to re­sults an­nounced by the In­de­pen­dent High Elec­toral Com­mit­tee (IHEC).

The fi­nal re­sults were an­nounced by Sar­bast Mustafa, the head of the IHEC, at a news con­fer­ence held in Er­bil on Oc­to­ber 2.

The IHEC’s fi­nal tally of the pop­u­lar vote showed that the KDP re­ceived 743,984 votes, with the main op­po­si­tion party, the Gor­ran Move­ment list, tak­ing sec­ond win­ning place with 476,736 votes.

The Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan (PUK) re­ceived 350,500 votes. The PUK, the KDP’s ma­jor part­ner in the pre­vi­ous cab­i­net, is now the Re­gion’s third party.

The KDP, led by Re­gional Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani, re­mains the largest bloc in the par­lia­ment, with the Gor­ran Move­ment, led by Naw­shir­wan Mustafa, push­ing the PUK, led by Iraqi Pres­i­dent Jalal Tal­a­bani, into third place.

The Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Union (KIU) took 186,741 votes, while the Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Group (KIG) came in fifth with 118,399 votes. This has earned the KIU 10 seats, and KIG six seats in the next par­lia­ment. The other re­sults were as fol­lows: - Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Move­ment: 21,834 votes (one seat)

- Kur­dis­tan So­cial­ist Demo­cratic Party: 12,501 (one seat)

- Kur­dis­tan Com­mu­nist Party: 12,329 (one seat)

- Third Di­rec­tion: 8,681 votes (one seat)

The re­main­ing 11 quota seats were dis­trib­uted among Kur­dis­tan’s mi­nori­ties as fol­lows: the Chris­tian lists gained five seats, the Turk­men lists six seats, and the Ar­me­ni­ans one seat. The re­main­ing 16 lists that par­tic­i­pated in the elec­tions proved un­able to win more than 6,000 votes.

The KDP and PUK have ruled the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion by means of a coali­tion gov­ern­ment since 2005 as part of a more wide-rang­ing deal which also saw them di­vide top posts in Er­bil and Bagh­dad be­tween them. It is not clear if the change in the re­sults will af­fect the KDP and PUK>s power-shar­ing agree­ment.

Mustafa>s Change Move­ment, Gor­ran, cam­paigned against al­leged gov­ern­ment cor­rup­tion and per­ceived heavy-hand­ed­ness by pri­vate se­cu­rity forces linked to the KDP and PUK.

The PUK>s elec­tion cam­paign faced a par­tic­u­lar chal­lenge, with Pres­i­dent Tal­a­bani out of the po­lit­i­cal spot­light since De­cem­ber fol­low­ing a re­ported stroke. In the end, his party won only 18 seats, six fewer than Gor­ran.

The par­lia­men­tary elec­tions were held across the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion on 21 Septem­ber 2013, with more than 1,000 can­di­dates from 27 po­lit­i­cal par­ties plus in­de­pen­dents con­test­ing the 111 seats in the Iraqi Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment.

The elec­tions, which took place in Er­bil, Su­laimaniya and Duhok prov­inces on 21 Septem­ber, were the first for more than 20 years in which the KDP and PUK con­tested in­di­vid­u­ally. The elec­tions were run on a semi-open list, with the en­tire re­gion as a sin­gle elec­toral con­stituency.

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