PUK, KDP officials meet at Kurdistan Region presidency

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Senior officials from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) met in Erbil on Wednesday.

Both parties’ politburos held the meeting at the Kurdistan Region Presidency, a source at the KDP politburo told Esta Media Network.

Bafel Jalal Talabani and Nechirvan Barzani, KDP’s deputy leader and Kurdistan Region president, attended the meeting.

The two parties discussed the Kurdistan parliamentary elections set for October 1, the source added.

The meeting came after the Region’s president held talks with Talabani in Sulaimani on Sunday. Barzani also met with other political parties there.

On Monday, U.N. envoy to Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said UNAMI had invited representatives of the political parties in Kurdistan for a “joint closed meeting” on Thursday to exchange their views on the elections.

“With the KR elections scheduled for 1 October 2022, this meeting provides a welcome and timely opportunity for a direct exchange of views,” she added.

The Kurdistan Region held parliamentary elections in September 2018. Parliamentary elections are held every four years in the Kurdistan Region. A minimum quota of 30% of seats in the 111-seat house is reserved for women and 11 seats for parties representing minorities.

*This story was updated at 2:58 p.m. EBL time

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