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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