In Iraq's Kurdish region, a new generation is coming of age which has seen only two parties in power - KDP and PUK. For some of these youth, the two parties are responsible for the worsening of the economic situation in the country.
On Sunday 30th of September, the Kurdish autonomous region held an election. Voters chose from more than 700 candidates to win 111 seats in Kurdistan’s Parliament, a year after a failed independence referendum to separate from Iraq.
After years of stagnant politics, unpaid salaries and corruption, Kurds have lost faith in politics. This shrunk the turnout of registered Kurdish voters for the upcoming parliamentary elections. However, observers say that this election could disrupt the delicate balance of power between the main Kurdish parties.
The two largest Iraqi Kurdish political parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), are likely to agree eventually on a presidential candidate, but in the meantime several hats are in the ring.
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.
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.
Eyewitnesses have said that the Kurdistan Democratic Party's political police, the Asayish have detained and beaten Faiez Abed Jahwareh, the Assyrian Mayor of the city of Alqosh in the Nineveh Plains. The Asayish officer reportedly declared that the KDP controls the area and "decides what happens in Alqosh".
Lebanon heads to general elections for the first time in nine years. This is the first elections to include the 82k expat voters, totaling the total registered voters at 3.6 million. This election also sees a new Electoral system in which voters will vote twice, once for coalitions and once for the candidate.