PUK launches initiative on holding Kurdistan parliamentary election

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SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The President of the Kurdistan Region Parliament, Rewaz Faeq, on Monday, announced that the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has launched an initiative on holding the parliamentary election.

“An initiative has been launched by the PUK and its president Bafel Talabani on the Kurdistan parliamentary election issue,” Faeq said in a press conference.

She added that the PUK has passed the initiative to the parliament. “We have reached a belief with the PUK president that the negotiations must be relaunched,” she said.

“Election is a national issue,” she added.

Moreover, Faeq revealed that they have agreed with the PUK both election bureaus of the PUK and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) meet and discuss the election issue, electoral law, and voters list including the political agreement between all parties.

“Time is not in the interest of the Kurdistan Region,” Faeq continued, calling the parties to put aside the disagreements.

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.

In last year October, the parliament passed a bill by the majority extending the 5th parliamentary term and postponing the general elections to December 2023.

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