Analysis: Salih’s victory shakes Kurdistan’s political landscape

The KRG's two dominant political parties had been rebuilding a strategic partnership, but their bitter contest over the Iraqi presidency has injected new volatility into their rivalry.
Analysis: Salih’s victory shakes Kurdistan’s political landscape
Barham Salih addresses the Suaimani Forum at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimaniya, in March 2015. (Photo credit: AUIS)

ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA - Barham Salih's contentious election as the new president of Iraq is threatening to destabilize a strategic relationship between the autonomous Kurdistan region's two leading political parties.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) had recently been working together to rebuild a decade-old agreement designed to maximize their political leverage in Baghdad while sidelining opposition parties in Kurdistan.

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