“Na­tional con­sen­sus” the best so­lu­tion: KDP

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The Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party ( KDP) has an­nounced that it wants to re­solve the is­sue of the pres­i­den­tial is­sue through reach­ing a na­tional con­sen­sus with other par­ties. It says that interfering of other coun­tries in this do­mes­tic is­sue does not serve the na­tional cause.

One of the KDP of­fi­cials who wished to re­main anony­mous told the Kur­dish Globe: “Pres­ence of Ira­nian diplo­mats in the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment to dis­cuss a cru­cial do­mes­tic is­sue like pres­i­den­tial is­sue is not ac­cept­able.”

How­ever, the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of sev­eral other coun­tries at­tended the ses­sion such as the US, Ger­many and Tur­key.

They re­ceived an in­vi­ta­tion from the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment to at­tend the ses­sion. But ac­cord­ing to the law this is not al­lowed.

The KDP source also said that the Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties are ne­go­ti­at­ing a le­gal topic which is also a na­tional is­sue and is re­lated to the fu­ture of Kur­dis­tan.

“There are sev­eral op­tions ahead of solv­ing it. Firstly, the KDP wants to bring all the par­ties to­gether and solve in through di­a­logue. Se­condly, the KDP might think of early elec­tions be­cause the other par­ties have bro­ken the con­cept of na­tional con­sen­sus.”

The KDP has an­nounced that the party’s sole nom­i­nee for the pres­i­den­tial elec­tions is “Massoud Barzani”.

Pres­i­dent Barzani has been pres­i­dent for 10 years. When his term was about to end in June 2013, his KDP and then-ally Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan (PUK) — led by for­mer Iraqi Pres­i­dent Jalal Tala- bani — agreed to ex­tend his term via a par­lia­men­tary mo­tion for two years.

The le­gal pro­vi­sions in­tro­duced in June 2013 to ex­tend Barzani's term ex­plic­itly state that the pres­i­dent's term will not be ex­tended for more than two years. This two-year pe­riod will end on Aug. 19.

PUK, Change Move­ment, Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Union and Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic League agreed to form a front against the KDP and com­pleted the le­gal quo­rum in­side the Par­lia­ment and made the first read­ing of amend­ing the pres­i­den­tial law on Tues­day June 23, 2015.

They be­lieve that the author­i­ties of the pres­i­dent should be re­stricted and be­come a cer­e­mo­nial po­si­tion, just like Bagh­dad, what the KDP re­jected.

Ac­cord­ing to the KDP source, part of the KIU and PUK are sup­port­ing the KDP to in­di­cate a par­lia­men­tary sys­tem and re­solv­ing the is­sue through na­tional con­sen­sus.

It is ex­pected that all the five win­ning po­lit­i­cal par­ties will hold a cru­cial meet­ing this week to dis­cuss the is­sue again.

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