PUK affirms its right to nominate candidate for presidency
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s (PUK) General Leadership Council reiterated its right to nominate its own candidate for the position of president of Iraq during a party meeting on Sunday, January 23.

The council said in a statement the PUK will fully support its candidate, Barham Salih, for the position, which the party said belongs by right to a Kurd.
The statement also claimed the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) was against the unity of the Kurdish people, stating the party had nominated its own candidate and signed an agreement with some political parties on the issue.
The PUK and KDP  met on Friday to reach an agreement on nominating one candidate for the position of the presidency but the meeting concluded without reaching a resolution.
On a Saturday meeting between Massoud Barzani, the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), and Bafel Talabani, the leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the two failed to make any agreement over nominating a candidate to the Iraqi parliament to be selected as the next Iraqi president.
On Saturday afternoon, January 22, Massoud Barzani and Baffle Talabani met to discuss selecting the Iraqi presidency, Zemen website reported.
In a conversation about taking over the presidency of Iraq, Massoud Barzani stated that four terms of the presidency were in the PUK hands and that the political bureau of the KDP demanded that a member of the party hold the post in the forthcoming term, a news source told the website.
Barzani has also asked why the PUK ignored the KDP political bureau request to change the PUK candidate for the presidency. The PUK candidate for the post is current Iraqi President Barham Salih.
"The change of candidate will be very difficult for his party," Bafel Talabani said. "Does the KDP agree with the PUK nominating a candidate from among them (KDP)?"
"That's why they did not agree on the presidency, and both have stated that they will vote for their candidates for the post in the Iraqi parliament, and that the candidate who gets the most votes will run the presidency," the source added.
The Kurdistan Democratic Party and The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan has each nominated Hoshyar Zebari and Barham Salih for the presidency, and Latif Rashid, the PUK revered Leader Jalal Talabani' co- brother in law, has also been nominated for the post by the PUK.
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