President Bafel: Elections Will Not be Postponed

P.U.K 03:54 PM - 2024-04-07
PUK President, Bafel Jalal Talabani PUKMEDIA

PUK President, Bafel Jalal Talabani

President Bafel PUK

Bafel Jalal Talabani, President of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), announced the latest stance of the PUK regarding the 6th term of the Kurdistan Parliamentary Elections and asserted that the elections will not be postponed and will be held on schedule.

According to a press statement acquired by PUKMEDIA, PUK President Bafel Jalal Talabani, who is presently in Baghdad, will engage in several political and diplomatic meetings in the city.

PUK President: Our efforts are to safeguard the employees' salaries
During a meeting with Alina Romanowski, the United States (U.S.) Ambassador to Iraq on Sunday, April 7, 2024, President Bafel stated that the primary objective of the PUK from the beginning was to safeguard the salaries of the employees in the Kurdistan Region and prevent their entanglement in political disputes which eventually, through the combined efforts of the Iraqi prime minister, the Federal Court, and the allies of the Kurds, this issue was effectively resolved. 

"Our foremost objective is to guarantee a satisfactory and dignified life for our citizens, and we will exert every possible effort to achieve this goal," he stated. "We expect that all individuals will collaborate with a unified mindset and strive towards achieving the highest goals."
PUK President continues his efforts to resolve Baghdad-Kurdistan problems
Over the past five months, PUK President Bafel Jalal Talabani has undertaken 42 political and diplomatic actions in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region to address the longstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad. These efforts align with the PUK President's focus on resolving this matter, alongside other national issues and the constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region.

PUKMEDIA's monitoring reveals that President Bafel has actively engaged in meetings and political and diplomatic endeavors between October 10, 2023, and March 5, 2024. These engagements have involved ambassadors, consuls, diplomats, the Iraqi President, the Prime Minister, and leaders of Iraqi and Kurdish political parties. President Bafel has consistently advocated for resolving the pressing matters of "salaries, budget, and welfare" concerning the people of Kurdistan and Iraq.
PUK President: We are committed to having the elections as planned
In relation to the matter of the elections, President Bafel recently disclosed the latest stance of the PUK at his meeting with Alina Romanowski, the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, in Baghdad. He remarked: "We acknowledge and honor the decisions made, and we are dedicated to ensuring that the elections take place as planned. Our goal is to conduct the process with transparency, ensuring that the desires of all parties involved are accurately represented."
Elections Bureau: PUK Refuses the postponement of elections
The Kurdistan Region's Presidency previously published a decree setting June 10, 2024, as the date for the sixth term of the Kurdistan Parliamentary Elections. The PUK's Elections Bureau Head has confirmed that the party has completed all necessary preparations for the upcoming elections and has officially submitted its list of candidates to the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC).


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