After around 176 days of a political impasse over power sharing, Iraqi Kurdistan announced that it had started to form its new regional government. Rather significantly, the opposition Change movement has finally made it into power. However critics say the timing – just one day before voters went to the polls – is all about election campaigning.
Just one day before locals in Iraqi Kurdistan went to the polls, Iraqi Kurdish politicians took their first firm steps toward forming the semi-autonomous state’s next government. The formation of a new government in Iraqi Kurdistan, which has its own military, borders and government independent of Baghdad, has been delayed because of disagreements over power sharing between the three major parties in the region.
After parliamentary elections were held in Iraqi Kurdistan late last year – to elect politicians to the region’s own parliament – the balance of power in the region changed. The Iraqi Kurdish general elections, held in late September 2013, saw the balance of power between the region’s three major parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Change movement, shift. Formerly the strongest parties in Iraqi Kurdistan were the KDP and the PUK; they shared power in the region and generally acted as close allies. But after the elections, the Change party – considered the major opposition there – became the second most popular political party in the region, bumping the PUK into third place.