New date proposed for Kurdistan’s long-delayed elections

After boycott threats, legal battles, and backroom deals in Baghdad, Iraq's election authority is proposing a September vote in Kurdistan.
Bafel Talabani (left) and Massoud Barzani (right), the leaders of the PUK and KDP, respectively, meet in November 2021. (Photo credit: PUK media)

SULAIMANIYA/ERBIL - Iraq's top election authority has proposed Sept. 5 as a new date for long-delayed parliamentary elections in Kurdistan — the latest twist in a contentious saga that has aggravated the rivalry between the region’s two dominant political parties.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are nominally partners in leading the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) but in recent years have descended into conflict that has undermined both the quality of their governance and the potency of their political voice in Baghdad.

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