August 8, 2018 / 03:46 PM
Iran has asked for postponing Kurdistan Region election: party leader

Iranian authorities have asked for the postponement of Kurdistan’s September 30 election until a new Iraqi government has been formed, said Mohammed Haji Mahmoud, leader of the Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party, on Tuesday, August 7.

“The US never said it is in favor of delaying the election…the political parties were told the opposite,” Mahmoud said during NRT’s Tawtwe program.
Iran wants the Kurds to concentrate on their activities in Baghdad and not on the September 30 election, Mahmoud added.
The United States government has reinforced its position that the timing of regional elections is up to the leaders of the Kurdistan Region in statement to NRT on Monday, August 6.
Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter IS Brett McGurk “has made clear to KRG officials who asked about the timing of elections that the issue is up to the leaders of the Kurdistan Region and its parliament taking into account all of the circumstances in the Region and in Iraq,” said Michael Lavallee, a State Department spokesperson, when reached for comment by email.
In May, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani issued a decree that scheduled the Region’s parliamentary election for September 30.
The election was postponed once before.
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