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PUK, Gorran formalize electoral pact for Iraq’s parliamentary election

  2021-06-20  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Co-President of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Bafel Talabani and Lahur Sheikh Jangi (L) and (R) respectively and General Coordination of the Change Movement (Gorran) Omar Said Ali are seen after signing an electoral pact in Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, June 20, 2021. Photo : Handouts
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Change Movement (Gorran) inked an agreement in a ceremony on Sunday (June 20) formalizing their electoral agreement for the upcoming Iraqi early parliamentary election slated for October 10. 

Both political parties announced their electoral alliance earlier in May to stand united in the election.

The Iraqi parliament, known as the Council of Representatives, has 329 seats including 44 seats for the Kurdistan Region and thirteen for the disputed governorate of Kirkuk.

“The PUK-Gorran agreement is part of the Kurdistan people’s struggle for defending and securing the Kurds’ constitutional and political rights within the framework of the Iraqi federal state,” Gorran General Coordinator Omar Said Ali after singing on the pact.

“The Kurdistan Alliance is the product of our political belief for co-existence and integrating the political, popular and media capacities aiming to succeed the candidates in the election,” Said Ali said.

PUK Co-President Bafel Talabani said that, “this agreement is not against any side and it is for the unity of our people.”

Talabani hoped the agreement will keep on beyond the coming Iraqi elections. “We will not leave our brothers and sisters in Gorran anymore.”

“This is the first step for achievement of the dreams of Mam Jalal and Nawshirwan Mustafa,” he said, referring to the late leaders of the PUK and Gorran and main founding members of the former party. 

PUK Co-President Lahur Sheikh Jangi called the agreement as a "historic day." in a statement.

“This coalition is for the sake of unity, one voice and the strengthening of the Kurdish position in Baghdad. Our politics are on behalf of our nation, which is why we are stronger together,” Sheikh Jangi said. 

“I hope this Coalition will become an umbrella under which the Kurds can gather in Baghdad and can draw Iraq’s political future from Erbil and Slemani."

He also mentioned the ill-fated Dabashan Agreement between both parties in May 17,2016 that it was not followed through due to “unhealthy interferences.”

“Whenever we need to be united, we will be united. We are stronger together and will get stronger,” Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, who is a senior PUK member, said. 

Gorran was founded in 2009 after seceding from the PUK, as both share the powerhouse in Sulaimani and Halabja.  They are two of the main components of the KRG alongside the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). 

The KDP has decided to stand alone in the election. 

(Zhyan English)