07/09/2022

Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian political parties discuss quota system with Patriarch Awa III Royel

ANKAWA, Iraq — Following their release of a joint statement by a number of Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian political parties regarding their position on the law of parliamentary elections in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and the number and allocation of quota seats for minorities, a delegation of Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people met with Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East Mor Awa III Royel and Chaldean Bishop of the Diocese of Erbil Charmati Warda.

The delegation included representatives of the Assyrian Democratic Movement, Abnaa al-Nahrain, Assyrian National Party, and Bethnahrin Patriarch Union (Huyodo Bethnahrin Athroyo, HBA). They explained their position on the and the efforts they are making to ensure the right of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian to elect their representatives without interference.

During the meeting, the Patriarch affirmed his agreement with the parties’ position and the right of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people to freely elect their representatives.

The delegation also met with a member of the Supreme Council of the Kurdistan Justice Group, Shwan Rapper, and a number of members of the leadership.

During the meeting, the delegation emphasized the special demands for creating a register for quota voters and allocating polling stations and ballot boxes for them to ensure fair elections that express the will of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people.

For their part, the delegation of the Justice Group affirmed their support for the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian parties’ position.