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Barzani makes comeback - opposition parties reject results

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:24 pm

Election results in Southern Kurdistan announced

Three weeks after the parliamentary elections in Southern Kurdistan, the results have been announced.

In the Autonomous Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq, a new parliament was elected on 30 September. The final results were not made public until three weeks later because many parties had objected to the preliminary results.

The official final results are as follows:

    PDK: 686,070 votes, 45 seats

    PUK: 319,912 votes, 21 seats

    Gorran: 186,903 votes, 12 seats

    New Generation: 127,115 votes, 8 seats

    Komela Islami: 109.494 votes, 7 seats

    Reform Coalition: 79,434 votes, 5 seats

    Serdem Coalition: 15,581 votes, 1 seat

    Azadî: 8,063 votes, 1 seat
Eleven parliamentary seats are reserved for minorities in Southern Kurdistan.
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Re: Election results in Southern Kurdistan announced

PostAuthor: Piling » Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:16 am

Very ordinary results : KDP won, PUK is low, Gorran (more than low) yells to fraud…
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Re: Election results in Southern Kurdistan announced

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:03 pm

PUK: have traitors for leaders :ymdevil:

Gorran: as you so rightly say, yell fraud - they just cannot admit that most people are far too intelligent to vote for them =))
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Re: Election results in Southern Kurdistan announced

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:24 am

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After a three-week delay, election commissioners announced Oct. 21 the final results of the Iraqi Kurdistan region’s parliamentary elections, in which the two major parties won most of the seats and the main opposition parties rejected the results

A year after the failed independence referendum and its disastrous results, Iraq’s Kurds voted last month in parliamentary elections that witnessed a low turnout and alleged large-scale voter fraud and irregularities by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)

According to the final results announced by the Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission (IHERC), the ruling KDP came first with 688,070 votes, winning 45 out of 111 seats in the Kurdish assembly, positioning it to lead the next regional government. In the last parliamentary vote, in 2013, the KDP won 38 seats.

The PUK came in second in this election with 319,219 votes, winning 21 seats; the party had 18 seats in 2013. The Gorran party, also called the Change Movement, is the largest Kurdish opposition group and won 12 seats this time, down sharply from 24 in 2013.

While four of the nine Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) commissioners rejected the results, five commissioners — all affiliated with the KDP and the PUK — rushed to pass the vote’s final results, then held a midnight press conference in Erbil to announce them. The KRG is based in Erbil.

The four objecting commissioners, who are linked to the three main Kurdish opposition parties, issued a statement saying, “The results of the election are not final and complete because they are full of shortcomings."

The dissenting commissioners concluded, "We were against the meeting and consider it illegal. We believe this work is unprofessional. That's why we didn’t vote for it, nor do we approve it. We reject it."

Following the announcement of formal and final results, Nechirvan Barzani, the current KRG prime minister, called on all the political parties to remain patient and unified while Cabinet members are selected to form the new government.

Tension had escalated between the KDP and the PUK since the latter secured the election Oct. 2 of Barham Salih as president of the federal government in Baghdad — a largely ceremonial position reserved for a Kurdish politician. But the parties have both accepted the parliamentary elections results, showing signs of future cooperation in forming the next regional government.

Other parties, however, voiced many complaints.

“The Change Movement completely rejects those results and will take all legal measures” against it, the movement said in an Oct. 21 statement. =)) =)) =))

New Generation, a new opposition party led by businessman Shaswar Abdulwahid, rejected the results the day after the vote, calling the elections "rigged." Though New Generation got 127,115 votes, securing eight parliament seats, it said it will boycott the next legislative session.

The Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG), which won seven seats, also said it would take legal action to oppose the results.

“The electoral commission wasn't just in its treatment of the complaints and the voter fraud," and failed to take into consideration the opinions of the four dissenting KRG commissioners, KIG spokesman Rebwar Hamad told Al-Monitor. He also said the party will present all its evidence of voter fraud to the appropriate legal bodies, and the KIG leadership will convene soon to make their final decision on the region’s vote and the political process.

The Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU), the Islamic Movement of Kurdistan and the Reform and Development Movement, which jointly created the Reform List, won five seats. The KIU ran alone in 2013, when it secured 10 seats.

The KIU political bureau also said in a statement it rejects the election results and will pursue legal recourse.

The Communist Party, as part of the Azadi List, secured one seat. The Coalition for Democracy and Justice, which officially boycotted the election, had looked like it would secure a seat anyway when 85% of the votes were counted, but in the final outcome it lost its seat.

Out of the 11 seats reserved for the KRG minority groups, the Turkmens won five, the Christians five and the Armenians one.

The election commission said it received 1,045 individual complaints of electoral fraud and violations. After an investigation, the commission decided to annul the results of 96 polling stations, voiding around 119,000 votes.

IHERC secretary Esmael Khormali, who is from the KIU and did not approve of the results, told Al-Monitor there were so many complaints and irregularities that the electoral commission should have analyzed them carefully and resolved them.

“We have asked that wherever there was a complaint against a political side regarding a ballot box, the vote of that political side be canceled — not the votes of all the other political sides, since this is the appropriate and just way,” Khormali said. “But the five commissioners decided to void all political sides' votes … thus the commission’s credibility has come under the question."

The KRG judicial elections board had earlier ruled that results could be approved by a simple majority of 50% plus one, striking down the KRG commission’s regulation that results must be ratified by two-thirds of the commissioners.

Shirwan Zrar, the IHERC’s official spokesman and one of the four commissioners who rejected the results, told Al-Monitor the political parties have three days, until Oct. 24, to raise complaints with the KRG Court of Cassation about the announced results.

The Kurdistan region, which is already on edge because of disputes about democracy, and billions of dollars in foreign debts, may be dragged into further political, social and economic turmoil now that the opposition parties have rejected the vote results. The parties publicly say they might not be able to control the outrage of people who — frustrated by electoral corruption, high unemployment and poor services — could rebel against the ruling parties in the future.

“The Kurdistan region is likely to see increased economic growth. If several opposition parties continue to reject the results of the elections, this could fuel near-term instability," Seth J. Frantzman, executive director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis, told Al-Monitor.

He continued, “A stable Kurdistan is foremost in the interest of the Kurdistan region, Baghdad and the neighboring states of Turkey and Iran, as well as Western governments such as the US. Although there are disputes regarding influence in the Kurdistan region, overall, after the defeat of [the Islamic State], the region needs stability so Iraq can move forward into a new era of security.”

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/origin ... ction.html
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Re: Kurdistan opposition parties reject election results

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:36 am

Masoud Barzani makes comeback :ymparty:

A year after a disastrous independence vote he had championed in Iraqi Kurdistan, veteran leader Masoud Barzani has made a strong comeback both on the home front and in Baghdad

While Iraq's presidency, a ceremonial post, has gone to Barham Salih of the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) was on Sunday declared the clear winner of the September 30 parliamentary elections in the autonomous region of northern Iraq.

In the political manoeuvring for ministerial posts in Baghdad, meanwhile, the KDP can also even boast it is the largest single party in Iraq. The party garnered 25 seats in Iraq's legislative elections in May, contested mainly against party lists.

With 45 seats won in the 111-member Iraqi Kurdish parliament, Barzani's party can form a majority without the PUK.

It can, in theory, rely solely on the 11-seat allocation reserved for the region's minority Turkmen, Christian and Armenian communities.

"Now that he is the great heavyweight of Kurdish politics, no-one can do without him in Baghdad," said Adel Bakawan, a research associate at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris (EHESS).

He predicted Barzani would seek the deputy premier, foreign and finance minister posts for the KDP in the federal government that is to be formed by November.

"He lost the gamble of the referendum, but the legislative (polls) in May were a tremendous moment of grace; he was courted by the Americans and the Iranians," the two key powerbrokers in Iraq, he said.

New opposition movement

Barzani looked down and out after the Kurdistan independence vote, which was ruled illegal by Iraq's central government and resulted in Baghdad imposing economic penalties and retaking disputed territory.

The Iraqi Kurdish presidency has been left vacant since Barzani stepped down following the fiasco.

The appointment of a new president has been on hold, pending the drafting of a new Kurdish constitution for which no timetable has been set.

The leaders of the region's top two political parties also took their rivalry to Baghdad, contesting the role of Iraqi president.

The PUK's candidate Salih won that race, maintaining a tacit accord between the two parties which sees the PUK take the federal presidency while the KDP holds the Kurdistan presidency.

Kurdistan is split politically and geographically between the KDP and the PUK, which won 21 seats in the region's election, but unlike in the past they no longer have to work together to form a government.

According to political scientist Wathiq al-Hashemi, the region could "see the return of two leaderships" but "regional pressures" from neighbouring states are likely to rule out a return to the deadly clashes of 1994-2006 when the Kurds had rival governments.

Kurdistan's parliamentary vote also saw the emergence of the New Generation movement, which was founded this year to channel public anger at the region's elite.

The movement picked up eight seats in the vote, while the main opposition Gorran (Change) party lost half of its seats and was left with 12 lawmakers.

Analysts put Gorran's losses down to the arrival of New Generation, whose candidates stood in opposition to the KDP and PUK.

http://www.rudaw.net/english/analysis/22102018
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