Today I officially decided that I will not be running for a leadership position in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s (PUK) 3rd Congress.
While I am proud to be the son of Jalal Talabani, and the Grandson of Ibrahim Ahmed, the PUK has never been, nor will it ever be a family run party. Although I feel that over the past ten years I have developed my career, and have worked tirelessly to serve Kurdistan, and strengthen Kurdistan’s relations with the United States, my decision to withdraw my candidacy serves the best interests of the PUK at this crucial time. As I stated in a recent interview with Awena, every member of the PUK must put their party’s interest before their personal interest.
My decision to withdraw my candidacy, will in-no-way slow me as I continue serving the people of Kurdistan. Nor will it dampen my efforts to continue reforming the PUK.
I want to thank all the PUK members who have expressed their support to me during the party Congress, and wish all the delegates that are running for leadership posts the best of luck in the upcoming leadership elections.