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Barzani to the American Ambassador: Iraqi parties are seeking elections in violation of constitutional and legal principles

By Manal Abdel Fattah

Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said that there are Iraqi parties seeking to hold the elections in a manner that violates constitutional and legal principles, accusing those parties of obstructing the elections two years ago, and of trying to impose a new mechanism for them with external support and through a currently unconstitutional institution.

Leader Masoud Barzani’s statements came during his meeting with the US Ambassador to Iraq, Alina Romanowski, on Saturday, at the Salah al-Din resort near Erbil, where they exchanged views on the political situation in Iraq and the region in general, and the internal situation in the Kurdistan region and its parliamentary elections.

An American understanding of the Democratic Party’s position on the elections
The American Ambassador confirmed to Leader Barzani her understanding of the concerns and observations of the Kurdistan Democratic Party regarding its conditions and demands for participation in the upcoming elections.

The ambassador explained that she discussed these demands with the Iraqi political parties and with UNAMI, expressing the United States’ desire to maintain the strength and stability of the Kurdistan region, and the importance of continuing dialogue with all concerned parties to reach solutions.

Barzani accuses Iraqi forces of obstructing democracy and trying to starve the Kurds
Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani confirmed that the Kurdistan Democratic Party always supports holding the elections, but pointed out that two years ago other parties obstructed the holding of the elections, and that they are now trying to impose a mechanism for the elections with external support and through an unconstitutional institution, in contravention of legal and constitutional principles.

Barzani added that since 2014, the budget and livelihood of the people of Kurdistan have been politically manipulated, with the aim of weakening the region’s position.

Barzani explained that the “war of starvation of the people of Kurdistan” aims to impose restrictions on citizens. Iraq has long practiced the policy of excluding and weakening the Kurdistan region, and now the Federal Court is being used as a weapon and a tool to continue this policy.

Barzani pointed out that the statement of the Political Bureau of the Kurdistan Democratic Party is very clear, as the Democratic Party supports holding the elections, but on the condition that the elections are transparent and express the will of the people of Kurdistan, away from external interference and the imposition of illegal contexts, which makes the results decided in their favor in advance and even before the elections are held.

Barzani stressed that elections cannot be held without the participation of the components or the formation of a parliament that does not include representatives of the components, in addition to the party’s reservations and technical observations on the mechanism for distributing provincial seats and the way the commission works.

Barzani explained that the Iraqi parties should adhere to the agreement concluded during the formation of the state administration coalition, in which no clause has been implemented yet.

Manufactured crises to disrupt Kurdistan
Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani stressed that the problems of the Kurdistan region are not limited to elections only, but rather include cutting off citizens’ food and salaries, in addition to attacks on the region, and practicing wrong policies towards the Kurdistan region.

Barzani stated that if all parties want the Kurdistan Democratic Party to participate in the elections, they must take into account the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s observations in order to hold transparent and fair elections that serve stability and the democratic process.

Barzani wondered: What kind of stability will be achieved through elections held according to external agendas and through illegal interventions that conflict with the constitution in order to impose false legitimacy? And how can they express the true will of the voters?

Barzani pointed out that the Democratic Party’s position and observations are clear and clear, and he called on the international community and Iraqi political parties to support the holding of fair, transparent and legitimate elections and to distance them from any kind of interference.

The President of the Region and the American Ambassador agree to resolve the crises in Erbil and Baghdad
While the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, and the US Ambassador to Iraq, Alina Romanowski, stressed solving the problems of Erbil and Baghdad in accordance with the constitution and “ensuring the rights of all.”

Today, Saturday, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, received the US Ambassador to Iraq, Alina Romanowski.

The meeting stressed the need to respect the federal entity of the Kurdistan Region, and to send its financial rights through the regional government, in addition to discussing the progress of the “My Bank Account” process.

The Prime Minister affirmed that the Kurdistan Region has fulfilled all its constitutional obligations, and therefore any violation of its rights clearly and unambiguously stipulated in the Constitution cannot be justified.

While the American Ambassador expressed her full support for resolving the outstanding problems between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government through dialogue and under the umbrella of the constitution.

The meeting discussed the importance of holding Kurdistan Parliament elections. The Prime Minister stressed his support for holding elections two years ago, and renewed support for holding legal, legitimate and constitutional elections in conditions that guarantee their legitimacy, integrity and transparency.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the two sides agreed on the need to overcome obstacles and impediments to the electoral process.

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