BAGHDAD, The leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Giyath al-Surji confirmed that his party will not support the nomination of Barham Saleh to the presidency of the republic even if has acceptable to all," noting that "the PUK has candidates for the post of President of the Republic."
"The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has two candidates for the president of the republic, and we are not obliged to support Barham Saleh as a single candidate even he has acceptable from other Kurdish and Arab parties," al-Surji said in a press statement.
He added, "Barham Saleh accused the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan of serious charges, including rigging the elections, and we do not support someone who stabbed us and spoke through the media on not right charges."
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan revealed earlier, its intention to submit candidates for the presidency in the Kurdish negotiations in the coming days, stressing that "the choice of the President of the Republic will be in accordance with the Kurdistan Democratic and other blocs in Baghdad."
Source: National Iraqi News Agency