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 Kurdistan parliament Green Bloc head resigned to join Nawshirwan's Change Bloc

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Kurdistan parliament Green Bloc head resigned to join Nawshirwan's Change Bloc  12.5.2009  




May 12, 2009

SULAIMANIYAH, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — The head of the Green Bloc in Iraq’s Kurdistan Parliament on Monday announced her defection to the Change Bloc as parliamentary polls are approaching.

“I submitted my resignation from my post as the head of the Green Bloc chairman because I will run for the next elections with the Change Bloc,
www.ekurd.net headed by former deputy of Talabani, Nawshirwan Mustafa,” Kwestan Abdullah told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

“According to the law, a bloc head cannot keep his post while joining another bloc in elections…,” Abdullah explained.                           

Mrs. Kwestan Abdullah, Kurdistan parliament Green Bloc head has resigned.
Abdullah was the first woman to head a parliamentary bloc in the Kurdistan Parliament since it was established in 1992.

The Green Bloc holds 40 seats in the 111-member Kurdistan Parliament.

Forty-two political blocs will participate in the forthcoming parliamentary polls in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, scheduled to take place on July 25.

Nawshirwan Mustafa
, a former deputy leader and co-founder of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's party,www.ekurd.net the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), says he plans to head a political group of independents called "Change" in the region's upcoming parliamentary elections.

"We want to change this political system," said Mustafa, adding he would campaign on promises to battle corruption and improve the lives of the region's population.

The last time elections to Kurdistan's parliament were held in 2005 the two main parties -- the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) led by Kurdistan president Massoud Barzani -- formed a joint list that won 80 of the 111 seats.

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