U.S. embassy congratulates Kurdistan on its election success
Barzani’s KDP remains the largest bloc; Gorran pushes the PUK into third place
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.