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 PUK leader Fouad Massoum says no Kurdish officials resigned from Iraqi president's party 

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PUK leader Fouad Massoum says no Kurdish officials resigned from Iraqi president's party  16.2.2009




February 16, 2009

SULAIMANIYAH, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leader played down Sunday reports on disputes between party members, saying minor disagreements were being exaggerated by the media.

Media reports said on Saturday that the vice president of the Kurdistan Regional Government Kosrat Rasul,
www.ekurd.net is also a PUK member, resigned with four other high-ranking officials amid a party dispute.

Reports said that the party's political office had split into two groups, one demanding the dismissal of former deputy secretary general Nawshirwan Mustafa and another, under Rasul, wanting Mustafa to stay.
                       

Dr
Fouad Massoum
PUK leader Fouad Massoum told the London-based al-Sharq al-Awssat newspaper that neither Rasul nor any leader resigned.

"How could brother Kosrat cause a dispute or a struggle with the with party's secretary general when he is a prominent leader in the union and very close to (Iraqi President) Jalal Talabani?" Massoum asked.

Media reported on Saturday that that five high-ranking officials from Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's Kurdish party resigned on Saturday,
www.ekurd.net citing differences over how to tackle corruption, a political official told AFP. According to Kurdish Hawlati Newspaper, Omar Sayid Ali, Jalal Jawhar, Osman Haji Mahmud and Mustafa Sayid Qadir, all members of the PUK leadership, announced their resignation.

Iraq's northern Kurdistan became semi-autonomous from the rest of the country after the US-led Gulf War in 1991. The northern region was divided between two parties, the PUK under current Iraqi President Talabani and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) under Massoud Barzani, the president of Kurdistan region.

Disputes between the two parties were settled after the US toppled former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The two parties united to give Kurdistan more influence in Iraq.

Provincial elections took place in Iraq last month in all regions except for Kirkuk and the three northern provinces of Kurdistan, which will have their elections in May. Any dispute within Kurdistan threatens the stability of the semi-autonomous region.

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