Masrour Barzani visits political parties on presidency issues
Head of the Kurdistan Region’s Security Council on Thursday urged party leaders to solve the on-going political crisis.
Masrour Barzani met with Secretary General of the Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party (KDSP), Mohammed Haji Mahmoud. Later, Barzani and Mahmoud addressed reporters during a press conference following their meeting.
“We will do what we consider good and in the people’s best interest, without hesitation,” Mahmoud said.
Barzani and a group of members from his party, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), also met with a Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) delegation Thursday.
The KDP thanked the KIU for its attitude toward the Kurdistan Presidency issue, praising its role in the five-party negotiations as “nationalistic.”
In the same day, Barzani also visited Kurdistan Ballen Abdullah, the secretary of Kurdistan Toilers Party.
"The current crisis about presidency issues has been created and it is not natural. The issues could have been dealt with in a different way," said Abdulla.
Major Kurdish political parties have been locked in a disagreement over the future of the Region’s presidency as Masoud Barzani’s term officially ended on August 20, and leaders have yet to decide on a successor and how to appoint that person.
The parties held a meeting late on August 18 as a lastminute attempt to reach an agreement, but they failed.
Representatives announced that they have agreed upon 13 sections out of 18 of the presidency law during a fifth meeting in Erbil on Wednesday, though no final deal was struck.