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PUK Falls to Third Place In Iraqi Kurdistan Elections

Employees of the Independent High Electoral Commission count ballots during regional parliamentary elections in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Sept. 21, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani)

The Iraqi election commission decided to postpone declaring the election results in Iraqi Kurdistan because fraud accusations were made by the oppositionist Movement for Change against its adversaries — the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), led by Kurdistan Region of Iraq …

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PUK in a Quandary After Poll Rout By Gorran

Outcome of the elections has caused shock for PUK supporters. Photo: AP/Khalid Mohammad

Saturday’s elections have shaken the political landscape of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region: The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) — the political rival of the heavyweight Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) — is no longer the second-strongest party. That place now belongs to the Change Movement (Gorran). Gorran, a splinter group of …

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Iraqi Kurds to Vote in Highly Contested Elections

On September 21, voters will elect their candidates and political parties for the Parliament of Kurdistan.

Iraqi Kurds will go to the polls on Saturday to choose 111 members of parliament in an election that many expect to yield some game-changing results in the Kurdish region’s politics. Over 1,000 candidates are running in the elections, but three parties are the major contenders. The Kurdistan Democratic Party …

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Looking Forward to a Real Election in Iraqi Kurdista

David Romano

The upcoming provincial election may be the best one Iraqi Kurdistan has ever had.  I do not say this because there were some complaints of electoral irregularities and even fraud in past elections.  The region’s previous elections were good on the whole, these problems notwithstanding.  To significantly change an election …

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