09/09/2022

IRAQ: Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian political parties meet with Patriotic Union of Kurdistan to discuss quota seats issue

SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq — A delegation of Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian political parties in Iraq met with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, the Change Movement, and the New Generation Movement, continuing the series of meetings to discuss issues with the current quota seat system.

They discussed the joint statement issued by the Assyrian Democratic Movement, Bethnahrin Patriotic Union (Huyodo Bethnahrin Athroyo, HBA), Assyrian National Party, Sons of Two Rivers Party, and the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian People’s Council regarding the parliamentary elections in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and the structure of the quota system.

The parties called for amending the election law on the basis of justice and true partnership so that it expresses and preserves as much as possible the will of the people. The statement included several demands of the parties, including restricting voting for quota seats to members of the respective minorities, creating a special register of minority voters in this regard, and holding quota elections before general elections.

The position of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian political parties was welcomed by all the attendees, who expressed their support.