Talabani-Barzani coalition 'wins Kurdistan vote'
Sun, 26 Jul 2009 15:30:04 GMT
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The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have reportedly won parliamentary elections in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, based on preliminary results.
According to sources close to the two main parties, results of Saturday's polls indicate that the KDP-PUK coalition, affiliated to local President Massud Barzani and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, won 59 percent of the votes.
The new opposition party, Change or Gorran, led by a former PUK insider, has secured some 30 seats in Parliament. Gorran has claimed victory in Sulaimaniyah, sources said.
However, Iraq's electoral body said the elections were sound.
"The electoral process took place in accordance with international standards," Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) said in a statement.
Almost 80 percent of eligible voters participated in Saturday's vote to elect the members of the Kurdistan region's parliament and president, electoral authorities said Sunday.
Some 2.5 million Kurds were eligible to vote. Official results are not expected until early next week.