Q&A: Rebwar Karim Mahmood of the Coalition for Democracy and Justice party

The CDJ's leader in Sulaimaniya discusses his party, recently founded by former KRG PM Barham Salih, and the contours of future Kurdish political alliances.
Q&A: Rebwar Karim Mahmood of the Coalition for Democracy and Justice party
Rebwar Karim Mahmood, of Barham Salih's new Coalition for Democracy and Justice party, in his Sulaimaniya office on April 29, 2018. (RAWAZ TAHIR/Iraq Oil Report)

SULAIMANIYA - Former Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Barham Salih has ended his long-standing membership in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to found a new political party.

The Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ) is one of several new parties that has arisen to challenge the dominance of Kurdistan's two ruling parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the PUK, in Iraq's national elections on May 12.

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