The Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government’s (KRG) presidential elections have been confirmed to take place on August 20, authorities announced on Saturday.
Fuad Hussein, chief of staff at the KRG presidential office, released a statement saying President Masoud Barzani instructed all governmental departments to start preparing for the elections.
“Barzani demands that all political parties should do their part in acting in a fair and democratic way in order to hold democratic elections,” the statement said.
Relations between the Central Iraqi government in Baghdad and the KRG in Erbil have exacerbated as a result of Baghdad’s unsuccessful attempt at providing Erbil with an agreed budget.
Vice president of the Iraqi parliament, Aram Sheikh Mohammed said “if Erbil is a part of Iraq, then Baghdad should send the Kurdish budget and civil servants' salaries.”
Even though Iraq is a federal state, in practice it is not treated as such and it is accused of uncontrollable political co-ordination that has led the country to be a target of terrorism, Mohammed says.
“The capital in Baghdad still has the centralized mentality like the past,” Mohammad said.
“This country has three main elements: Shia, Sunnis and Kurds. However, a strong political alliance between these elements was never reached at any time throughout history,” he added.