Politics in semiautonomous Kurdistan is dominated by the KDP and PUK parties. AFP / SAFIN HAMED
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Divided Kurds face losses in Iraq's electionAs if the loss of their oil-rich territory last year wasn't painful enough, Iraq's divided Kurds are bracing for a blow on the political front in the country's May 12 elections. Analysts estimate that the Kurds' loss of seats in Iraq's Parliament could reach double figures as their shrunken geographic footprint is compounded by a bitter feud between the two traditionally dominant political parties in semiautonomous Kurdistan.The result is 503 hopefuls on 77 candidate lists, competing for just 46 seats reserved in Iraq's Parliament for the provinces of Irbil, Sulaimaniyah and Dahuk, which officially constitute the Jurdish autonomous region.Power shiftsIn Iraq's last national election in 2014, Kurdish parties won 62 out of Parliament's 329 seats, which included Kirkuk, Ninevah, Diyala and Baghdad.
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