U.N. special envoy tells Kurdish leaders “Reach conclusion shortly, there is not enough time”

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The United Nations Special envoy to Iraq amid a meeting on Wednesday told the top leaders of the Kurdish parties to reach a conclusion shortly on the upcoming Kurdistan Region parliamentary elections issues saying, “There is not enough time”. 

Earlier today, Kurdish Parties’ top leaders held a meeting in the Kurdistan Region presidency in Erbil to discuss the upcoming Kurdistan Region parliamentary elections and its related issues.

The meeting came after the Region’s president Nechirvan Barzani has directed invitation letters to all parties leaders to convene, and the United Nations special envoy in Iraq Jeanine Hennis-plasschaert was joined as well.

The parties’ leaders have agreed to continue the meeting and hold another one in early September to decide on the upcoming parliamentary election and its related issues, according to a statement released by the Region’s presidency.

“Until September the Region’s presidency and parties in cooperation with specialized teams in United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq will continue discussions and preparations,” it said.

“Hennis-plasschaert reiterated fully support of the United Nations to succeed the process, She stressed the parties should reach a conclusion shortly because there is not enough time,” it said.

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.

Earlier this year, Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani set October 1, 2022, as the date for parliamentary elections in the Region by signing a “decree”.

The decree reads that in accordance with the 2005 Law Nr. 1 of the Amended Law of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region Presidency, October 1, 2022, is set as the date for the Kurdistan Region’s 6th Parliamentary Elections

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