Iraqi Kurdistan party at a crossroad

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Iraqi Kurdistan party at a crossroad
Since the absence of its charismatic leader, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's authority has disintegrated, and the party is in disarray.
By FARHANG NAMDAR
AUGUST 7, 2021

The existence and stability of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) depends on the relationship between the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). It is essentially a confederacy between the two. However, since the absence of its charismatic leader, the PUK’s authority has disintegrated, and the party is in disarray. Lahur Talabani emerged as the de-facto leader of the PUK with personal politics based on hatred towards the KDP – threatening the KRI’s unity. Lahur maintained good relations with the United States and ostensibly distanced himself from Iran, the Kurdish Counterterrorism Group (CTG) was allegedly involved in killing Qasem Soleimani.

However, Talabani’s cousin, Bafel Talabani, ousted him, a move Talabani called a coup. Nonetheless, rifts within Talabani’s entourage led to his ousting. Talabani was accused of abusing his power according to the PUK leaders and commanders I spoke with. Talabani’s group began reorganizing and fighting back. A member of the ruling triumvirate of Kurdistan worker’s Party (PKK), Duran Kalkan lent his support for Lahur Talabani and called the move a coup against Talabani, further complicating the situation. Talabani’s refusal to step down might throw the region to chaos. As the US’s remaining forces are in the KRI, the PUK’s fate determines the stability of the KRI.

more........... https://www.jpost.com/opinion/iraqi-kurdistan-party-at-a-crossroad-676098
 
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