ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Region Parliament on Saturday received a letter from President Barzani.
The Kurdistan Region Parliament is to hold a session with the participation of all parties on Sunday to discuss the Presidency law.
Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Jaafar Eminky, speaking to Kurdistan 24 said that they have received a letter from President Barzani and it will be read during tomorrow’s session, without giving further information about the content of the letter.
A source to Kurdistan 24 stated that Barzani does not accept his term to be extended or presidency law to be amended for him anymore.
“When Barzani’s term ended in 2013, he was not in favor of extending his term, but due to the war against Islamic State (IS) he had to remain in power,” the source stated, saying that Barzani’s term has come to an end and he does not want to remain the president.
“Even after his term ends, Barzani will remain actively and strongly engaged in Kurdistan’s politics and will remain as a national reference for Kurdish cause and all the people of Kurdistan and will continue his political life as he did prior to his presidency in 2005,” the source told Kurdistan 24.
On October 24, the Kurdistan Regional Parliament in a majority vote postponed the elections for the presidency and parliament by eight months.
The decision came after the Kurdistan Region’s Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) last week noted that political parties had not presented candidates for both elections which were scheduled to be held on Nov. 1.
During a press conference on Monday, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani told reporters the main reason President Barzani did not leave his post after it expired in 2013 was in order to defeat the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq —a major battle that is finally nearing its end.