Q&A: Sadi Ahmed Pira, PUK politburo member

Unresolved conflicts among Kurdistan's political parties still have the potential to hobble the campaign for an independence referendum.
Q&A: Sadi Ahmed Pira, PUK politburo member
Sadi Ahmed Pira, a member of the PUK's politburo. (RAWAZ TAHIR/Iraq Oil Report)

The prospect of holding an independence referendum has forced Kurdistan's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party into a political balancing act.The referendum appeals to strong feelings of Kurdish nationalism that cross party lines, and PUK leaders have voiced their support.But the campaign is an initiative of the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) - and if the PUK has any hope of making electoral gains in the upcoming parliamentary elections, it needs to avoid the perception of...

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