KRG elections: KDP wins but Gorran becomes the second force

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KT Report:

The political map of south Kurdistan has been re-drawn today – according to preliminary results of the polls for a new parliament – with Gorran set to become the second largest party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) facing a huge setback.

According to early results, the opposition Gorran movement won decisively in the Suli area, while the PUK looks set to be pushed into a humiliating third or fourth place in most towns and cities.

In Erbil, Gorran is reported to have come second, with 20.7% of the vote – a huge advance for the party in what was once seen as ‘hostile territory’ – compared to the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) 42%. The PUK, which looks set for third place in Erbil, is complaining of fraud by KDP officials who reportedly enabled people to vote after the 5pm deadline. The PUK claims that one of its members has died following fighting between PUK and KDP supporters outside a voting station which the KDP was trying to keep open late.

Big questions for the coming days include:

  • How far will the PUK go in disputing the results?
  • Will the KDP accept that Gorran is now the second force in south Kurdistan’s politics?

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5 Responses to KRG elections: KDP wins but Gorran becomes the second force
  1. Suleiyman
    September 21, 2013 | 21:58

    Objective journalism calls for unbiased tone in reporting and to discuss all results and not just advertise for 2 parties. Don’t be the flagship paper for a particular party.

    • noono
      September 22, 2013 | 07:16

      sour grapes!
      you are missing the point; this is a mile stone in our young nation and you know what they say ‘may the best man win!’

  2. Suleiyman
    September 22, 2013 | 18:37

    No sour grapes. I am not supporter of KDP or anyone in particular. I am very happy with the current results, I just want KT to remain objective!

  3. Markos Vragadinos
    September 23, 2013 | 06:13

    Congratulations to the rising State of Kurdistan that has democratic institutions operating and delivering.. Even if problems exist, they will be fixed as Kurdistan proceeds towards statehood. No democracy is perfect even in the western world.. The world is preparing to welcome the inevitable, an independent and fully sovereign Kurdistan, home to all Kurds!!!

  4. Honest
    September 29, 2013 | 01:48

    Markos Vragadinos,

    I hope Barzani will not become Kurdistan national father and get credit for Kurdish independence. I don’t want to see a corrupt dictator’s
    image on Kurdish currency.

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