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PUK leader Fouad Massoum says no Kurdish officials
resigned from Iraqi president's party
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PUK leader Fouad Massoum says no Kurdish
officials resigned from Iraqi president's party
February 16, 2009
SULAIMANIYAH, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', —
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leader played
down Sunday reports on disputes between party
members, saying minor disagreements were being
exaggerated by the media.
Media reports said on Saturday that the vice
president of the Kurdistan Regional Government
is also a PUK member, resigned with four other
high-ranking officials amid a party dispute.
Reports said that the party's political office had
split into two groups, one demanding the dismissal
of former deputy secretary general Nawshirwan
Mustafa and another, under Rasul, wanting Mustafa to
PUK leader Fouad Massoum told the London-based al-Sharq
al-Awssat newspaper that neither Rasul nor any
"How could brother Kosrat cause a dispute or a
struggle with the with party's secretary general
when he is a prominent leader in the union and very
close to (Iraqi President) Jalal Talabani?" Massoum
on Saturday that that five high-ranking officials from Iraqi President
Jalal Talabani's Kurdish party resigned on Saturday,www.ekurd.net
citing differences over how to tackle corruption, a
political official told AFP.
According to Kurdish Hawlati Newspaper, Omar Sayid
Ali, Jalal Jawhar, Osman Haji Mahmud and Mustafa
Sayid Qadir, all members of the PUK leadership,
announced their resignation.
Iraq's northern Kurdistan became semi-autonomous
from the rest of the country after the US-led Gulf
War in 1991. The northern region was divided between
two parties, the PUK under current Iraqi President
Talabani and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)
under Massoud Barzani, the president of Kurdistan
Disputes between the two parties were settled after
the US toppled former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
The two parties united to give Kurdistan more
influence in Iraq.
Provincial elections took place in Iraq last month
in all regions except for Kirkuk and the three
northern provinces of Kurdistan, which will have
their elections in May. Any dispute within Kurdistan
threatens the stability of the semi-autonomous
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