Six Iraqi Kurds stand for the presidency
of Iraq's Kurdistan region
Erbil-Hewler, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', —
Six candidates have entered the race for the
presidency of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, to
be contested in an election on July 25,
Qadir, said on Monday that the nomination for the
presidential elections in Kurdistan region was
closed at 6:00 p.m. with only six candidates.
“The nomination for the
Kurdistan region’s presidential elections was closed
at 6:00 am Monday (May 25), and only six candidates
presented their papers,” Qadir told Aswat al-Iraq
Qadir had said earlier that the Independent High
Electoral Commission (IHEC) decided to extend the
nomination for the presidential elections for two
more hours until 6:00 pm.
“Six candidates had officially presented their
nomination requests to the electoral commission
headquarters in Arbil,” he said.
The candidates are current president Massoud
Barzani, Halo Ibrahim Ahmed --
a brother of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's wife,
London-based academic Dr. Kamal Mirawdeli,
businessman Hussein Karmiani,
Mohammed Rasul (Safin
Sheikh Mohammed) and Ahmed Kurda,
al Iraq website reported.
"Monday will be deadline for nominations to run for
the presidency," said Ali Qadir, a regional
“Sifeen Sheikh Mohammed has submitted his nomination
for the position to the commission, which approved
his nomination,” Ali Qadir told reporters.
The Kurdish elections for parliament and the
presidency will be held seven months after
provincial polls were held in most of the rest of
Iraq, the first vote in the country since 2005.
About 2.5 million people are eligible to vote,
according to the regional Kurdistan election
commission, and more than 40 political entities have
registered to contest the 111 seats in the assembly.
The three provinces in norther Iraq that make up the
along with the disputed province of Kirkuk, did not
take part in the relatively violence-free provincial
polls held in Iraq's 14 other provinces on January
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