Kurdish parties in meeting to discuss presidency issue
To discuss Kurdistan region presidency issues and the possibility of extending President Masoud Barzani term, a meeting of 16 Kurdish political parties held in Erbil held Tuesday. In addition to the Kurdish political parties, USA and UK representatives attended the meeting.
The Kurdish parties meeting came as the Kurdistan Consultative Council decided last Monday that Barzani will stay in his position with his current powers until the next election.
In the absence of a regional constitution to regulate term limits, the question of whether Barzani should stay past his term or leave has caused a debate in parliament and Kurdish society.
After the first session of the meeting which lasted over six hours, Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff to the Kurdistan region presidency, said "In today's meeting there were strong opinions about the postponing of the parliament Wednesday emergency session on the presidency issue.
Hussein also said that all the political sides want to resolve the issues though national consensus.
"The parties will continue meeting until they reach a solutions," revealed Hussein
Supporters of Barzani say given the current conditions in Iraq and the on- going war with ISIS, the president should continue past his term until the region and country are able to hold elections.