KDP emerges from election as largest political party in Iraq
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK) emerged from the October Iraqi parliamentary elections as the largest party in Iraq after the preliminary count of all votes by the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC).
The KDP participated in the elections as a single party, not as part of a coalition, and won the most seats as a single party, making it the largest political party in all of Iraq.
Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s list won 73 seats in the election, but that included a number of different parties and politicians.
The KDP Politburo intends to meet with other political parties in the Kurdistan region to discuss the formation of the next Iraqi government and their unity in Baghdad.
“Although the KDP is the winner of the elections, it will continue to seek the unification of the Kurdish voice in Baghdad,” Blend Ismail, member of the KDP Board of Directors, told Kurdistan on Sunday. “The president of the Kurdistan region Nechirvan Barzani will soon convene the political parties.”
Ismail stressed that the Kurds would retain the Iraqi presidency.
“The Kurdish political parties will make a compromise on which of them will get the post,” he said.
In a related development, Khamis al-Khanjar, the leader of the Sunni al-Azim alliance, visited PDK President Masoud Barzani on Sunday in the Kurdistan region capital of Erbil. The two leaders discussed the post-election phase and expressed their hope that the election results will help stabilize the country and correct its troubled political process.
A survey conducted just before the elections by the Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies found that the PDK would most likely remain the largest party in Iraq. Al-Bayan telephoned the citizens of each of Iraq’s 19 provinces for the investigation and concluded that only three coalitions (not individual political parties) were larger than the main Kurdish party.