U.S. em­bassy con­grat­u­lates Kur­dis­tan on its elec­tion suc­cess

Barzani’s KDP re­mains the largest bloc; Gor­ran pushes the PUK into third place

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

The U.S. Em­bassy in Bagh­dad and the U.S. Con­sulate Gen­eral in Er­bil have is­sued an of­fi­cial state­ment on the com­ple­tion of the vot­ing process for the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions in Kur­dis­tan. A copy of the state­ment was sent to the Kur­dish Globe.

“The U.S. Em­bassy in Bagh­dad and the U.S. Con­sulate Gen­eral in Er­bil con­grat­u­late the Iraqi Kur­dis­tan Re­gion on con­duct­ing suc­cess­ful re­gional elec­tions on Septem­ber 21, en­sur­ing that the Re­gion’s cit­i­zens had the op­por­tu­nity to ex­er­cise their demo­cratic rights at the bal­lot box,” the state­ment read.

The state­ment de­scribed the elec­tion process as a “sig­nif­i­cant step to­ward so­lid­i­fy­ing the Re­gion and the coun­try’s demo­cratic fu­ture.”

The U.S. Em­bassy in Bagh­dad and the U.S. Con­sulate Gen­eral in Er­bil also con­grat­u­lated Iraq’s In­de­pen­dent High Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IHEC), which im­pressed with its man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion of the elec­tions.

In ad­di­tion, the role of the in­ter­na­tional ob­servers and civil so­ci­ety mon­i­tors who played an im­por­tant role in en­sur­ing the cred­i­bil­ity of the elec­tion was highly val­ued.

The elec­tions for the 111-seat Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment, which took place in Er­bil, Su­laimaniya and Dahuk prov­inces on 21 Septem­ber, were the first for more than 20 years in which the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) and the Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan (PUK) con­tested seats in­di­vid­u­ally.

The KDP of Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani re­mains the largest party in Kur­dis­tan with 38 seats, while the Change Move­ment, led by Naw­shir­wan Mustafa, won 24 seats, push­ing Iraqi Pres­i­dent Jalal Tal­a­bani>s PUK into third place.

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