ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Twenty Kurdish candidates are competing to reserve seats in the Swedish Parliament in the upcoming parliamentary elections on Sep. 9.
On Sunday, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) organized a seminar for the many Kurdish candidates to discuss their plans and convey their messages to the Kurdish diaspora in Sweden.
Reporting from Stockholm, Kurdistan 24 correspondent Awara Hawrami said 20 Kurds, both males, and females, from different political parties, will compete in the Swedish parliamentary elections.
Ismail Kamil, a former member of the Liberal Party in Sweden and a candidate for the next Parliament, told Kurdistan 24 that the presence of Kurdish MPs in the Swedish Parliament is a great contribution to the Kurdish cause.
Having a Kurdish representative is a significant step to support Kurdish demands not only in the Kurdistan Region but all other parts of the Greater Kurdistan, he added.
“In the past four years, the topics related to Kurdistan were discussed 56 times in the Parliament, and dozens of Kurdish delegations were welcomed in the Parliament,” the Kurdish MP said.
Kamil called on Kurds residing in Sweden to vote for their respective Kurdish candidates so they can represent them at the Swedish Parliament.
He said his party, the Liberal Party, which is the third largest party in the country, had previously declared its support for an independent Kurdistan in 2015.
In March 2006, MPs from five Swedish political parties established the first parliamentary network for Kurdistan.
The purpose was to support democratic and pluralistic development in Kurdistan, strengthen ties between Kurdistan and Sweden, as well as promote dialogue, mutual understanding, and exchange between Swedish politicians and democratic organizations and individuals from Kurdistan.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany