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.

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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.

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