[size=36]In search of political representation... the Circassians of Iraq are pushing the first candidate for the elections[/size]
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Ahmed Kataw, one of the Circassian leaders in Iraq, will enter the upcoming elections as a candidate for the northern city of Kirkuk, in a first attempt, through which he is looking for political representation of the Circassians.
Kataw is the most prominent candidate currently in the Iraqi elections, as he is the first candidate for a minority that many Iraqis may not know about. He is also reviving diversity and pluralism in the country.
"Through this candidacy, we seek to obtain political representation for the Circassians, not only the Circassians, but also the Chechens and Dagestans," Katao said.
He added: "The Circassians, Chechnya and the Caucasus agreed about five years ago on a unified designation that brings them together, the Caucasus."
The number of Circassians in Iraq is more than 50 thousand people, but they have no political representation, nor a reputation like other minorities. They are present throughout Iraq, but their density is concentrated in the Kurdistan region and the Kirkuk governorate in the north of the country.
Decades ago, there were prominent Circassian figures during the monarchy, such as Hikmat Suleiman, who was the prime minister of the Iraqi government from 1936 - 1937, in addition to Ghazi al-Daghestani, one of the most prominent military leaders in Iraq.
During the Republican era, there were others, such as Lieutenant-General Muhammad Abdul Qadir al-Daghestani, who held the position of Governor of Nineveh and Diyala, in addition to the Army Aviation Commander, Lieutenant-General Safa Shams al-Din Khalis. After 2003, their representation was not at these levels, and at the political level they were completely absent.
In the book "The End of Diversity in Iraq" by the researcher in the affairs of religions and minorities, Saad Salloum, he touched on the "Caucasus" in Iraq, and said that they "are from Chechnya, Dagestan and Circassians, and they were victims of forced displacement by Tsarist Russia one hundred and fifty years ago, that is, in 1864, During which they were expelled from the North Caucasus to Turkish lands, and the Ottomans, in turn, distributed the members of the displaced minority to Jordan, Syria and Iraq.
Katao aspires to be able to reach Parliament to defend what he called "minority rights." Ended 29 / h
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