Mahmoud Mohammed, Kurdistan Democratic Party politburo member, has announced that his party agrees with a parliamentary system, but Kurdistan president should be elected among by the people
Mahmoud Mohammed, Kurdistan Democratic Party politburo member, has announced that his party agrees with a parliamentary system, but Kurdistan president should be elected among by the people.
He revealed that the KDP’s sole candidate for the next presidential elections is “Massoud Barzani” the current president of the autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq.
According to the political analysts and experts, Iraq’s President of Kurdistan Region has practiced a democratic and legal process by setting a date for holding presidential elections. It means the Kurdistan Region is totally committed to democracy because Barzani’s decision is legal and based on the Kurdistan presidential law.
Vala Farid, Head of Legal Committee in the Kurdistan Parliament has cited that President Barzani has just fulfilled his legal authority by setting presidential election on August 20, adding that: “It is a historic decision.”
Fuad Hussein, Chief of Staff to President Barzani, said that Massoud Bar- zani, President of Kurdistan Region, issued the order to hold election on August 20, 2015 based on the amended Kurdistan Presidential Law number 1 of 2005 and regional order number 91 of 2015.
Hussein went on and said that President Barzani has tasked all the relevant parties to take necessary procedures which would be needed to conduct the elections on democratic and free elections with taking all the relevant laws and working on the international standards in that regards.
Farid says that according to the presidential law, Barzani has to task the electoral commission to get prepared for holding a new elections 60 days before his term would be end. She added that President Barzani has fulfilled his legal duties and the rest of the mission in on the electoral commission’s shoulder whether it can be able to conduct the election on time.
Farid further added that: “I think the best solution is that Barzani will be continued on his position in order not to face a legal vacuum after August 20, and that the president has a fair background.” And the President, she said, can continue on his post until a new election would be held, according to the Iraqi Federal Court.
Abubaker Haladeni, Head of Kurdistan Islamic Union bloc in Kurdistan Parliament, says that Barzani has set the election date on August 20 and this is based on the presidential laws. He said that his party believes that this issue has to be resolved through “national consensus”.
Haladeni stated that the issue of presidential issue a legal issue and it is not a subject for political point scoring and that the legislatures should express their opinions on it.
Head of KIU bloc said that the easiest way to elect the president is through consensus over the constitution and there is a committee which is now working on it. If the political parties are determined, he said, the constitutional committee can end its works on time and resolve the presentational issue through the constitution.