KDP, Gorran hold fourth meeting on Kurdistan gov. formation

KDP, Gorran hold fourth meeting on Kurdistan gov. formation

2019/01/22 | 13:30 - Source: kurdistan 24

(ThisDay | Iraq News Now)- ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Region’s leading party and second runner-up on Monday initiated another round of talks on the formation of a new government as negotiations have yet to yield concrete results.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has been engaged in intense rounds of discussions since mid-December with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Change (Gorran) Movement to set the path forward and outline a possible coalition government.

However, all three parties have so far had little to offer in terms of progress made during their four rounds of negotiations, with the PUK and Gorran attempting to obtain the most gains out of a possible alliance with the KDP.

The KDP won 45 seats out of 111 in the Kurdistan Parliament in the September 2018 elections.

The PUK followed with 21 seats, and Gorran came in third with 12 seats, halving their gains from the previous election.

A week earlier, the KDP and PUK “decided to form a joint committee” to “expedite the process,” the KDP spokesperson said in a briefing following the meeting with his PUK counterpart, affirming that reaching a comprehensive deal would “considerably benefit the Kurdistan Region.”

On Monday, the two parties met again.

They did not hold a press conference afterward, suggesting a lack of progress.

On Tuesday, a KDP delegation welcomed one from Gorran.

The two parties are yet to announce outcomes and are scheduled to hold two more meetings throughout the day.

Editing by Nadia Riva

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