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Sulaymaniyah: Muhammad al-Baghdadi
For the first time since 2007, the Kurdish blocs arrive in the capital, Baghdad, without a clear agreement on what they repeatedly affirm that they deserve the positions. So far, there are still concerns among the leaders of the Kurdistan Democratic Union and the Kurdistan Democratic Party regarding the moves of each party to circumvent the other, and the agreement with the other blocs in isolation. About the internal Kurdish negotiations that did not reach anything.
The initial short list of candidates for the position of the presidency indicates a clear division even within the one party. While the leaders of the National Union confirmed that Barham Salih was the only candidate, the leader of the party, Latif Rashid, pushed his name to run, while their counterpart in the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Hoshyar Zebari, insisted that he did not. He gives up the candidacy.
The list of Kurdish candidates for the presidency includes two other names, the well-known judge Rizgar Muhammad Amin, and Khaled Sheikh Siddiq.
Informed sources say that a negotiating delegation headed by Zebari will be in Baghdad soon to discuss the presidency and the form of Kurdish participation in the next government.
The leader of the Movement for Change (Goran), Hakim Latif Mustafa, said: “The term Kurdish fears is not accurate, but rather the Kurdish blocs’ fears over their interests in the government formation in Baghdad.
Mustafa explained, in an interview, that "the Kurdish blocs are very divided, and it is more correct to ask about the fears and struggle of the two parties over the positions of the President of the Republic, the Deputy Prime Minister, and the Governor of Kirkuk."
The Kurdish politician continued by saying: “The two parties will not go united to Baghdad, for the Kurdistan Democratic Party is the one who decides, because the competing parties are weak,” noting that “the union’s partnership with the Democratic Party is formal, because the latter rules the region and controls money and influence,” he said.
For his part, the media advisor to the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Kifah Mahmoud, told "Al-Sabah", that "the largest winners in the parliamentary seats, namely the Democrat, followed by the Patriotic Union, entered into in-depth discussions with the coordination framework and the Sadrist movement."
Mahmoud added that "the data confirms the existence of Kurdish efforts to unify the Shiite house, and the call to heal the rift between the Sadrist bloc and the coordinating framework."
The researcher in Kurdish political affairs, Muhammad Fatih, criticized the current moves of the two parties, saying: “They are racing to obtain positions, without caring for the interests of the Kurdish people, and therefore they are afraid that they will not reach those positions.”
Fateh added, in an interview, "We, as a Kurdish people, are not afraid of being marginalized in the new government. Rather, we are waiting for the formation of a strong government that takes into account the interests of all."
The writer and political analyst Mahmoud Al-Hashemi said that the results of the recent elections are not the decisive factor in the power industry and the government industry in the future.
Al-Hashemi explained, "We used to adopt consociationalism and partnership as a principle in the political experience after 2003," adding that "this includes the differences that occurred in the first session of Parliament between the National Union and the Democratic Union, as these differences amounted to major problems in which we talk about digging up the past, and in In the end, everyone is subject to external pressures,” he said.
• Editing: Ali Abdel Khaleq
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