Shi’ite Blocs Perceive PUK MP ‘Alternative to Jalal Talabani’ – Shi’ite factions support Ala Talabani for any position, including Iraqi President

31 Aug 2016 – ERBIL — Ala Talabani, a leading member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Iraqi MP, is supported by the Iraqi Shi’ite factions for any position, including Iraqi presidency or PUK Secretary General.

Nahla Hussein, Iraqi MP from the Shi’ite faction State of Law told BasNews on Tuesday that they support Talabani, who is now the head of PUK faction in the Iraqi parliament, upon her nomination for any position, even as the Iraqi president. Talabani has, during her service as an Iraqi MP, developed strong relations with the Shi’ite blocs and Shi’ite MPs to the extent that even the anti-Kurds MPs do not oppose her in some issues. Hussein further said that Talabani is a successful woman and politician particularly in her position as the head of PUK faction in the parliament, and said that “I therefore believe that she will also be successful as the Iraqi president”. Amal Attiyah, the Iraqi MP from the State of Law faction, had also told BasNews that Talabani is the only woman that is suitable to replace Jalal Talabani, the PUK Secretary General and former Iraqi President.