The introduction of a new Kurdish candidate for the presidency


The leader of the Alliance for Democracy and Justice Arslan Kassem, on Thursday, rejected a request by Kurdish parties to nominate Barham Saleh to the presidency, attributing its rejection to the fact that the post is “a matter of authority.”

Qassim said in a press statement that “Kurdish parties asked us to provide the head of the alliance Barham Saleh as a candidate for the presidency,” noting that “the coalition” rejected this request because there are conditions behind this request.

“Barham Saleh refuses to be in a position of authority and does not feed or starve,” Kassem said, adding that “the post should not be the preserve of the Kurds.”

The Kurdistan Democratic Party headed by Massoud Barzani denied on Thursday the candidacy of prominent Kurdish leader Barham Saleh for the presidency, stressing that the positions are granted to the most parliamentary seats.

The parliamentary elections were held on May 12, 2018 in Baghdad and the provinces amid tight security. The Electoral Commission announced hours later that the participation rate was 44% with the participation of more than 10 million out of the 24 million eligible to participate in the elections.

The results came out of the alliance of Sowron, supported by Muqtada al-Sadr first at the level of the provinces followed by the Fatah Alliance led by Hadi al-Amiri, and then the victory coalition led by Prime Minister Haider Abadi.

The political and media circles were preoccupied with monitoring the low turnout of polling stations in different Iraqi cities, where the participation rate reached 44% compared to the 2014 elections which reached 60%.

He explained the low participation rates with many problems in the voting procedures, and the failure of electronic auditing, in addition to the general frustration of the repetition of the traditional political forces themselves.

The days after the election witnessed a wide debate among the political circles that prompted the House of Representatives to hold a session and vote on the amendment of the election law, including the re-counting and manual counting of the results.

The Federal Supreme Court voted later to respond to the appeals filed on the Third Amendment Law of the House of Representatives Elections Law, while ruling that the cancellation of the elections abroad and the special vote were unconstitutional.

Before the House of Representatives fails to extend his term of office which ended on 30 June 2018 after he was unable to hold a full quorum.

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