Pres­i­dent Barzani asks the po­lit­i­cal par­ties to agree on con­sti­tu­tion

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani met with lead­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s main po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Er­bil on April 20 to dis­cuss a num­ber of is­sues in­clud­ing the sta­tus of the fight­ing against the IS ter­ror­ists, the po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in Kur­dis­tan and Iraq, the planned up­com­ing of­fi­cial visit by the Pres­i­dent to Wash­ing­ton, the draft con­sti­tu­tion of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and the is­sue of the pres­i­dency of the Re­gion.

In his re­marks, the Pres­i­dent un­der­lined the im­por­tance of unity among the po­lit­i­cal par­ties on key is­sues, say­ing that agree­ment on both the draft con­sti­tu­tion and the pres­i­dency should be ad­dressed by the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment and the po­lit­i­cal par­ties for fi­nal­iza­tion.

The par­tic­i­pants of the meet­ing hailed the brav­ery and sac­ri­fices of the Pesh­merga forces in the fight against the IS and re­it­er­ated their full sup­port for Pesh­merga and their wel­fare. They also com­mended Pres­i­dent Barzani’s lead­er­ship and su­per­vi­sion of the front lines, and thanked the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion for their mil­i­tary sup­port for the Pesh­merga.

They em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of con­tin­ued dia­logue with Bagh­dad to strengthen re­la­tions and to im­ple­ments the re­cently agreed deal be­tween the two sides.

Barzani called on the Par­lia­ment and po­lit­i­cal par­ties to agree on a con­sti­tu­tion and put it to a ref­er­en­dum. “Two years ago, I said the Par­lia­ment and po­lit­i­cal par­ties need to agree on con­sti­tu­tional and pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. I re­it­er­ate my call at this mo­ment."

Barzani said that the par­ties must ad­dress the con­sti­tu­tion is­sue with­out be­ing in­flu­enced by the po­lit­i­cal pro­pa­ganda.

“All par­ties must work for our peo­ple and for our coun­try,” he said.

The Po­lit­i­cal par­ties that at­tended the meet­ing in­cluded: Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party, Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan, Change Move­ment, and Kur­dis­tan Is­lamist Union, Kur­dis­tan Is­lamist Group, Kur­dis­tan So­cial­ist Party, Kur­dis­tan Com­mu­nist Party, Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Move­ment, Kur­dis­tan Toil­ers Party, Turk­men and Chris­tian rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the Par­lia­ment.

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