The two major political parties in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region are crying fraud after Sunday’s parliamentary election, with one saying it will refuse to accept the results. Nearly 800 candidates were vying for 111 seats. Turnout is reported to have been modest even as Iraqi Kurds try to reassert their autonomy after a crackdown from Baghdad. The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of the major political parties, tells VOA it will not accept the results of Sunday’s vote. PUK spokesman Saadi Ahmed Pira charges the party’s chief political rival, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), of election fraud in two provinces under KDP control. Pira did not give specifics but said the PUK is demanding an investigation.Full Article: Both Major Parties Cry Fraud in Iraqi Kurdish Election.
Oct 1 2018