Representatives from several political parties in the Kurdistan Region will meet in Erbil on Monday (February 24) with the Region’s top political leadership to discuss the ongoing government formation process in Baghdad.
Nechirvan Barzani has been sworn in as president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in an inauguration ceremony that took place in the Kurdistan region’s capital, Erbil. Kurdish leaders said that the move would further cement the dominance of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
On Wednesday, a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's (PUK) political bureau said that the agreement, which will form the new cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), will be signed next week.
The veteran secular Kurdish politician Barham Salih belonging to the PUK was elected on Tuesday as Iraq’s next president. Salih won 219 votes to defeat a challenge from Fuad Hussein from the rival KDP. The post of Iraq's presidency has been customarily allocated to the Kurds.
Amid objections to timing, campaigning for Kurdistan Region's Parliamentary elections has kicked off on Tuesday. Voters will be seeing election campaigns scattered throughout the region, of nominees running to win one of the 111 seats in the Kurdish parliament.
Four months have passed since the Iraqi national elections in May 2018. Now that the Iraqi Supreme Court has approved the results, the political coalitions are negotiating the formation of a bloc before the start of the first parliamentary session within two weeks.
In an open letter addressed to the Iraqi Parliament, the Chaldean-Assyrian Syriac community said that their constituency has been exploited as election tools by various groups. The letter also expresses the community's concern over the current electoral quota for the Kurdish parliament ahead of the Kurdistan elections.
Parties and coalitions in Iraq have started negotiating with one another in order to reach a majority in the upcoming parliament. Parties with less seats must make concessions so that they are included in the forming of the new government.
Iraq's parliamentary elections set for May 12 will indirectly decide on a new prime minister and president. This is the fourth parliamentary elections since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the first since the liberation from ISIS.