Iraqi Kurds hope to reactivate parliament within two weeks

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Kurdistan Parliament. File photo

ARA News

Senior assistant to President Masoud Barzani, Hemin Hawrami, on Sunday said that they hope that the Kurdish Regional Government’s (KRG) parliament will meet again on August 15, and that all preparations for holding a Kurdish independence referendum on 25 September will be completed.

The parliament ceased to function after disputes between Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Change list (Gorran) in 2015.

“To make Kurdistan Referendum successful, we in KDP lifted all our conditions,” Hawrami said. “Parliament sessions must be held for solving issues and prepare for the referendum.”

In the past, the KDP demanded that the parliament speaker Yousif Mohammed from the Gorran list would not return, but now the KDP says it lifted its conditions in order to unite the Kurdish parties before the referendum.

“We do hope to have the Parliament meeting by August 15. If any party is not ready, the others must go ahead,” Hawrami added.

He further stated that a recent referendum committee meeting ended successfully, and decided that the Kurdish parliament must convene in 2 weeks, and that a delegation must visit Baghdad before 10 August.

“All technical preparations are in place to hold the referendum in time on 25/9/2017,” he said. “The negotiation team will be formed this week to start our dialogue with Baghdad on every thing between Kurdistan and Iraq.”

“There will be 12,000 voting stations in 2,000 voting centers for the Kurdistan Referendum. All 43,000 voting boxes will be ready by September 1,” he concluded.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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