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Jalal Talabani, Iraq's president and leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, remains in a Berlin hospital some 16 months after suffering a stroke in Baghdad.Known widely as "Mam Jalal" ("Mam" being maternal uncle), Talabani has been active in Kurdish politics for half a century. Koyi had advocated Kurdish unity and independence as early as the 1880s, and his criticisms of traditional leaders probably shaped Talabani's later disquiet with Mullah Mustafa Barzani, leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, and his own decision to establish the PUK in 1975 as a "modern" political party.During periods of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, both the PUK and KDP allied with Iran, which contributed to the severity of Saddam's Hussein repression in Iraqi Kurdistan in 1988-1990, when around 180,000 Kurds were killed. In fighting with the KDP in 1994-1997, in which 3,000 civilians died, Talabani took assistance from Iran and Barzani from Saddam.Talabani would argue the KRG has proved an example both to all Kurds and to governments of peaceful development and the establishment of Kurdish rights within existing international borders.With 18 percent of all votes, the PUK was only 2 percent ahead of the total of Islamic parties while the KDP was the most popular party with 38 percent.
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