Q&A: Mohammed Khurshid, head of KDP in Kirkuk

The KRG's ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party is trying to retain influence and win votes in Iraq's national elections despite losing control of key disputed territories.
Q&A: Mohammed Khurshid, head of KDP in Kirkuk
Mohammed Khurshid, head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Kirkuk. (Source: Dana Ahmad, PUK photographer)

The May 12 election will be a key test of the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party's (KDP) influence, after a tumultuous year of political and economic setbacks.

The Oct. 16 federal offensive to retake the oil-rich Kirkuk province - following an independence referendum spearheaded by the KDP - had devastating consequences for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

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