Talabani family support Najmadin Karim for Iraqi Presidency post
13.07.2014 – BasNews, Suliaymania – On Sunday the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) will hold a meeting to make a final decision regarding the nomination of Iraq presidency post.The PUK leadership has become divided in tow different camps, which sees PUK Deputy Secretary General Barham Salih up against Kirkuk Governor & PUK Politic Bureau Member Najmadin Karim. The Head of PUK Foreign Relation Department & Sister of Jalal Talabani’s wife, Shanaz Ibrahim stated that they will not give the Iraqi Presidency post to someone that has turned his back to the PUK at times of crisis; allegedly referring to Barham Salih.
Karim has been criticized for standing against Kurdish independence as well as standing against Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the province.He spoke out against Peshmerga control of Kirkuk oil fields, gaining support of some PUK media.
“Iraqi presidency post is for Kurds, particularly PUK and PUK has its own candidate for this post and it should be dealt with carefully. Thus, it shouldn’t be viewed as a test for the officials,” said Ibrahim to Kurdish local media.