Iraqi Prime Minister, Adil Abd al-Mahdi said that the Iraqi Government will abide by the federal budget law and continue to send limited funding to Kurdistan Region for public sector salaries until the dispute over oil transfers is resolved.
Nechirvan Barzani has been sworn in as president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in an inauguration ceremony that took place in the Kurdistan region’s capital, Erbil. Kurdish leaders said that the move would further cement the dominance of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
The Iraqi Central Government has begun implementing its order to remove customs checkpoints between the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and other Iraqi cities. Baghdad has also added that no taxes are to be levied on the goods on their way to central and southern Iraq.
In Iraq's Kurdish region, a new generation is coming of age which has seen only two parties in power - KDP and PUK. For some of these youth, the two parties are responsible for the worsening of the economic situation in the country.
On Sunday 30th of September, the Kurdish autonomous region held an election. Voters chose from more than 700 candidates to win 111 seats in Kurdistan’s Parliament, a year after a failed independence referendum to separate from Iraq.