Rudaw – US encourages free elections in Kurdistan Region: Spox

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US State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller has called on authorities in Kurdistan to enable “free, fair, and credible elections.” Miller’s comments come amid concern around the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) announcing it would boycott the upcoming June elections. Rudaw reported that the deadline for parties to submit their candidates lists to Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) had passed, adding: “Most political parties submitted…excluding the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).”