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Kurdish media mogul aims to establish own party

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Shaswar Qadir, the owner of Kurdistan’s NRT pro-opposition television network, said that he wants to establish a new political party in Iraqi Kurdistan.

On November 1, 2017, parliamentary and presidential elections will take place in the Kurdistan Region.

“Qadir freely admits his interest: If an election is held, he intends to form his own electoral list and make a bid to become prime minister,” the Washington Post reported.

“His aim is to mobilize Kurdistan’s post-Hussein generation, which has no recollection of the existential threat the Iraqi dictator once posed to the Kurdish nation, and which wants a pragmatic government that can provide still-missing basic services, such as reliable electricity,” the newspaper added.

The establishment of a new party to challenge the rule of the Patriotic Union Party (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) could further fragmentize the opposition vote.

There are already several opposition parties in Iraqi Kurdistan, such as the Change Party (Gorran) established in 2009, and several Islamic parties, such as the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) and the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU).

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News