Salih and Masum – Succeeding Candidates following Talabani ? |   – 22.12.2012 – SULÊMANI, Kurdistan region:  A political source revealed on Saturday that the Deputy Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan PUK, Dr Barham Salih and the Head of Kurdistan Alliance bloc, Fuad Masum are the most prominent candidates to succeed Jalal Talabani for the presidency if the recommendation of the medical team for the latter was not to exercise his political duties.

The source, who asked not to be named, told Shafaq news, that “the continuation of President, Jalal Talabani in office will depend on the medical reports of the competent medical team, if the majority indicates that the president needs permanent and complete comfort.””The presidency of the Republic is talking about several names, notably, Barham Salih and Fuad Masum,t ” noting that “the official nomination depends on the final medical report of the state of Talabani.”

Meanwhile in Sulaimaniyah city the Politburo for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan headed by president of the republic Jalal Talabani held on Saturday a meeting under the chairmanship of Kosrat Rasul Ali and Barham Salih Deputies of the General Secretary of the PUK President Jalal Talabani. A familiar source said in a press statement that “the meeting is over now and a statement regarding which files the meeting discussed and what the conferees have reached on is likely to be issued later Saturday. Politburo meeting comes at a time where Talabani General Secretary of the party is currently hospitalized in Germany after his health status dramatically deteriorated after a being affected of a sever stroke