“National consensus” the best solution: KDP
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.