Saleh’s candidacy for the presidency again ends the Kurdish-Kurdish consensus… and an attack on the “green”
Yesterday, the Iraqi Federal Court issued a decision to suspend the work of the Presidency of the Iraqi Council of Representatives (the president and his two deputies), whom Parliament voted on in its first session, last Sunday.
This decision came at the request of two deputies who said, through their lawyers, that the session that witnessed the election of the Presidency was “marred by legal and constitutional violations.” According to the court’s decision, the work of the Presidium of the Parliament will be suspended until the lawsuit filed by the objectors is resolved.
This development was accompanied by the presentation to Parliament of the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, of his candidacy papers for a second term, in the last fifteen minutes of closing the nomination door. Observers promised that this development would constitute a breakdown of the Kurdish-Kurdish consensus on the position of President of the Republic.
Saleh’s candidacy for a second term came hours after the prominent leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Hoshyar Zebari, former foreign minister, announced his candidacy papers as a representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party led by Massoud Barzani. A source close to the presidency stated that “(the Kurdistan Democratic Party) was pressuring the leadership of the (PUK) to present a candidate instead of Saleh for the presidency so that Zebari withdrew his candidacy for the position, but the insistence of the PUK on the nomination of Saleh in the last fifteen minutes dropped all the bets that were It pushes for an alternative character.”
In a related context, preliminary information indicated that two missiles were shot down targeting the Green Zone in Baghdad.