A general view of the old city of Erbil, Iraq September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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A year after a failed bid for independence, Iraq's Kurds will be voting again Sunday, this time in a parliamentary election that could disrupt the delicate balance of power in their semi-autonomous region. With opposition parties weak, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan are likely to extend their almost three decades of sharing power.NOTHING EVER CHANGESAbdullah had been a supporter of the PUK, the second largest party, led by the Talabani family and based around Sulaimaniyah.Salih's former party has all but collapsed and, further clearing the field for the KDP, the main opposition party, Gorran, is still rebuilding after the death of its charismatic leader in 2017 .The election will cast a shadow in Baghdad, where the KDP and PUK are competing for the post of federal president, reserved for Kurds ever since a U.S.-led coalition toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003 .Though historically the position has been filled by the PUK, the KDP have fielded their own candidate.
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