The call for a parliamentary system was too much for the Barzani family, and the PUK
and Gorran were unwilling or unable to offer a viable alternative, showing their own inability to compromise.
The KDP predominates in the West, while the PUK
dominates in the East, adjacent to the Iranian border.
Currently a major party in Kurdistan, led by KRG's Barzani , and still a rival for the PUK
used to be a long-standing ally of Iran's Shi'ite theocracy.
That was mainly the result of splits within the PUK
as Talabani had remained in Germany since his hospitalisation in late 2012.
Sources speaking to Today's Zaman on the condition of anonymity say the KDP will form a coalition government with the PUK
, and the Christian and Turkmen deputies.
incidents involving PUK
security forces and the press.
Kurdistan List, a joint list of the KDP and PUK
, won the largest share of seats and was tasked to form the next government.
The Secretary General of the PUK
Jalal Talabani met with a delegation of the civil society organizations in the ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk.
Ordinary people do not know anything about the budget of KDP and PUK
or the budget for educa tion.
Critics of the ruling parties--the PUK
and the Kurdish Democratic Party, which controls western Kurdistan--say the squelching of political dissent goes too far.
In fact, the President of the Iraqi Republic now is a Kurd - PUK
leader Jalal Talabani (see the OOD and RIM series on Iraq).