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 Iraq's Kurdistan govt. has denied license to a political party for 16 years: Party member

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Iraq's Kurdistan govt. has denied license to a political party for 16 years: Party member  4.7.2012 





 
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July 4, 2012

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq',— It is 16 years that the Kurdistan Right Party (KRP) is seeking license from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) but due to "unclear" reasons the demand has been rejected.

The remark by the member of KRP founding board, Zana Shekhani, was made during a press conference in Hotel Sheraton in Erbil.

Shekhani said that the party has been seeking license since 1996 when Erbil was controlled by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

He added even after the unification of KDP and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) the party renewed the demand for establishing itself officially. Shekhani said "but so far the KRG has not agreed to the demand.

"The politburo of the KDP, General Directorate of Asayish (Kurdistan security) and KRG's Interior Ministry have prevented the licensing of our party for political activity."

KDP of Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani and PUK of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani each run a independent administration 1998-2003. In preparation for the US-raid against Saddam Hussein regime,www.ekurd.net the two major parties in Kurdistan joined forces in a coalition government.

Shekhani said recently the security organization arrested some members of the KRP.

"I was also kidnapped," Shekhani said.

He accused some official [he did not name them] of threatening them not to run for elections in the Kurdistan Region. There are more than 30 political parties in the Kurdistan Region.

By Fryad Mohammed

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