Iraqi Political Agreement Results in the Postponement of the Elections in Kurdistan.

Iraqi Political Agreement Results in the Postponement of the Elections in Kurdistan.

According to Iraqi sources, Shiite and Kurdish forces have agreed to postpone the June parliamentary elections in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

They said that Nechervan Barzani, the president of Kurdistan, was anticipated to issue an official statement regarding the matter.

Under Masoud Barzani’s leadership, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) declared in March that it would boycott the elections and threaten to withdraw from Iraqi politics if Baghdad’s political establishment broke the agreements that resulted in the establishment of the Baghdad government.

At the time, Masoud Barzani was against the Federal Supreme Court of Iraq’s division of Kurdistan into four electoral districts and the removal of the minority quota. In addition, it had assigned the Independent High Election Commission to oversee the elections rather than the Kurdistan Region Commission, which caused the KDP to object.

Nechervan Barzani, who has made two trips to Baghdad in the last two months, has finally arrived at a political agreement to postpone the elections, a Kurdish source told Asharq Al-Awsat.

What assurances he was given in exchange for the postponement is still unknown.

A source close to the pro-Iranian Shiite Coordination Framework leadership informed Asharq Al-Awsat that the visits were crucial in achieving a consensus regarding the postponement.

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