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Kurds, Sunnis fear exclusive Shiite alliance

With many parties still disputing the results of last month’s elections and amid calls for a manual recount of the votes Iraqi Shiite groups are on track to form an alliance to run the next parliament as the term of the previous one came to an end last week.

This has worried Kurdish and Sunni groups who fear that powers may be concentrated in the hands of one religious group.

“There must be a clear vision about Iraq’s political process and we don’t want things run by a single group as the Shiites are doing now,” Kamil Ghireri, a Sunni member of parliament told Rudaw.

Ghireri said that people expect a new multiparty parliament to start its work soon.

“The people of Iraq have said goodbye to the previous parliament and expect a new one,” he said. “And from now on this one-sided ruling must come to an end, too.”

Kurds for their part have held talks with various groups in Baghdad and they are open to joining a Shiite coalition.

As the winner among all Kurdish parties the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) says that it has no redline on joining any Iraqi alliance so long as they meet Kurdish demands.

“We haven’t decided yet which coalition we may join,” KDP MP Ardalan Nuraddin told Rudaw.

“We’re ready to sit down and make deals with any group as long as their government policies could serve the people of the Kurdistan Region,” he added.

Arez Abdullah, an MP from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) agrees that Kurdish rights must be at the forefront of all negotiations in Baghdad, adding that only unity and a joint agenda could guarantee that.

“Before we form any alliance with the Iraqis we as Kurds must have a common agenda and talk to them as one team,” Abdullah said.

“We must work with whoever believes in the constitution, meet Kurdish demands and believes in compromise and coexistence,” he stressed. Source