Kurdistan Democratic Party: The position of the President of the Republic was decided by competition, not by compromise or agreement
Rashid’s election came after the Kurdistan Democratic Party, led by Masoud Barzani, agreed to withdraw its candidate, Reber Ahmed, from the presidential race, which allowed the election of a new president to replace Barham Salih, who had enjoyed the support of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan until the last minute.
A member of the Democratic Party's negotiating delegation, Bankin Rekani, told Shafaq News that Abdul Latif Rashid's victory for the post of President of the Republic was decided by parliamentary options and a democratic vote, according to the constitutional options, and there is no consensus or settlement between the Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan regarding the position.
Rikani confirmed that the Democratic Party, within four months, called the National Union for consensus regarding the position of the President of the Republic without any benefit, indicating that Parliament decided the position of the President of the Republic with the convictions of the deputies between a supporter of Abdul Latif Rashid and those who believe that Barham Salih is not worthy of the position.
Rikani denied the existence of any agreements or deals between the Kurdish parties regarding the upcoming cabinet, considering that talk about this is premature and does not exist in the partisan arena currently.
Yesterday, Thursday, the Iraqi Council of Representatives succeeded in electing the new President of the Republic, Abdul Latif Rashid, in the second round of voting, after one of the candidates did not receive the votes of two-thirds of the representatives, as stipulated in the Iraqi constitution.
The election of the President of the Republic comes a year after the early elections were held on October 10, 2021, but the political blocs were unable to elect the President of the Republic, who in turn assigns the candidate of the largest number of parliamentary blocs to form the government.
For more than a year, the political forces fought long marathons of discussions and disagreements since the announcement of the election results until reaching the presidential election session, which is the longest political crisis in Iraq since the fall of the previous regime in 2003 until now.
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