PUK considers referendum 'big problem' without parliament: official
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) considers the referendum on the independence of Kurdistan a “big problem” without the reactivation of the Kurdistan Parliament.

The head of the PUK Politburo, Mala Bakhtyar, met with the deputy ambassador of Germany in Iraq, Oliver Schnakenberg, on Sunday, July 9.

It would not be easy for the PUK to participate in the referendum, set for September 25, if the Kurdistan Parliament was not reactivated, Bakhtyar said, adding that “The PUK considers the referendum a big problem without the reactivation of parliament.”

Bakhtyar referred to two views inside the PUK leadership. The first was a determination to reactivate parliament but to continue participating in meetings and committees until parliament is reactivated.

According to NRT Bakhtyar continued that the second view held by some in the leadership was concerns and fear of a continuous deactivation of parliament and that the PUK should not participate in the committees until parliament is reactivated.

A decision to reactivate parliament was made during a meeting between the political parties and Masoud Barzani last month, the PUK official noted.  The Kurdistan Parliament, however, hasn’t been reactivated despite that decision.

The region’s parliament has been in recess since Speaker Yousif Mohammed, a Gorran party member, was blocked from entering the Kurdistan Region’s capital city, Erbil, in October 2015. Gorran ministers were also sacked from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) as the political parties failed to reach an agreement on the region’s presidency law.

Reporter’s code: 50101

News Code: 16429  |  Date: 2017/07/10  |  Time: 9 : 3

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