ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Former Vice-President of the Kurdistan Region, and current acting head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Kosrat Rasul Ali on Saturday arrived in Kurdistan following nearly two months of medical treatment abroad.
Ali arrived at the Sulaimani airport in a direct flight from London, United Kingdom, after nearly 45 days of treatment in Germany.
“Kosrat Rasul arrived in Kurdistan today after completing all the remedial procedures for his health,” Massoud Mullah Hamza, an official from Ali’s press office, stated.
“The conditions of Kosrat Rasul’s health are very good, according to what we know from the doctors who are supervising the treatment,” Hamza added.
The current PUK acting head suffered a stoppage of blood flow to his small intestine in November and underwent immediate surgery at the Faruq Medical Center in Sulaimani Province before he was transferred to the German city of Berlin as his health deteriorated.
Ali’s son, Darbaz Kosrat Rasul, told Kurdistan 24 that his father’s “health condition was very good,” and that he would “resume his political activities next week.”
Ali was born in 1952 in the village of Shiwashok near the city of Koya in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region.
Before becoming Vice-President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and eventually the first Deputy Secretary General of the PUK, Ali was a Peshmerga commander who played an important role during the Kurdish uprising in 1991.
The PUK is the third-largest political party in the Kurdistan Region, with 18 seats out of 111 in Parliament.
The party has been facing internal political turmoil and disunity after its leader, and former President of Iraq, Jalal Talabani suffered a stroke in 2012 and later passed away on Oct. 3, 2017, in Berlin.