Q&A: Farid Asasard, PUK leadership council member

Less than a month before national elections, a member of the PUK's leadership council talks about Kurdish party in-fighting, the struggle for a united stand in Baghdad and the impact on Kurdistan's oil sector.
Q&A: Farid Asasard, PUK leadership council member
Farid Asasard, a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party's leadership council, on April 8, 2018. (SAMYA KULLAB/Iraq Oil Report)

SULAIMANIYA - Ahead of Iraq's national elections on May 12, the internal political dynamics of the Kurdistan region are unusually volatile.

For the past decade, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party has been the minority partner in a strategic agreement with its rival, the dominant Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

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