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None of his adversaries – or occasional allies – expected him to step down at the end of the extension on Aug. 19, 2015 . Rather, the issue has been whether they could use the mandate's renewal to wrest power from Barzani and the KDP. This would allow for a greater distribution of power between the KDP and other parties – something its biggest rivals, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Gorran (Change) Movement, have sought to achieve for over five years.By refusing to consider a practical compromise, all parties involved – the KDP, PUK, Gorran and others – have highlighted the chronic personal rivalries between them.Barzani and the KDP could end up paying the highest price.Ultimately, the situation will undermine Barzani, his party, and the political class.
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