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Mala Bakhtyar says PUK, KDP lost nearly 700,000 votes last election

Member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's (PUK) High Political Council Mala Bakhtyar (file)
PM:03:17:27/11/2021

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SULAIMANI — Member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's (PUK) High Political Council Mala Bakhtyar said on Saturday (November 27) his party and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) each lost nearly 700,000 votes in the Iraqi parliamentary election.

"Our situation [PUK] will be very bad in the next Kurdistan parliamentary election,” Bakhtyar said.

He also spoke on corruption, stating there were high officials who have stolen $500 million.

"If they [senior officials] take out the hidden money they could pay for the students’ monthly stripes," Bakhtyar said.

Students in the Kurdistan Region held mass protests for most of the last week against the non-payment of student stipends.

(NRT Digital Media)