Six Kurdish parties on Tuesday a meeting held in Erbil, the capital, which decided to organize a stand in front of the United Nations Office in protest against what it called “rigging” the results of legislative elections in the Kurdistan Region.
The parties are: Change Movement, Kurdistan Islamic Union, Kurdistan Islamic Group, Coalition for Democracy and Justice, Kurdistan Socialist Party and Kurdistan Communist Party.
A party representative told a news conference that “our parties and voters in the Kurdistan region have been subjected to great injustice on 12/5.”
“We held a meeting today and resulted in the organization of a protest in front of the United Nations office in Erbil at four o’clock this afternoon.”
The spokesman called on the masses of the six parties to participate actively in the demonstration, which will be held in front of the United Nations headquarters “to get our rights usurped.”
Polling centers were closed in the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah until anger erupted over an unexpected sweep of the city’s dominant party. Arms clashes soon broke out between rival factions.
The night-time clashes subsided by Sunday morning as the Iraqi election commission counted the final results of the legislative elections.
But Kurdish opposition parties backed by their militants are demanding a re-election amid accusations of fraud. In that atmosphere, many fear that the regions in the Kurdistan region will become a battlefield between the parties.