SULAIMANI — Following senior-level talks in Erbil on Thursday (July 25), the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have decided to form a number of technical working groups in an effort to resolve their differences.
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 closure meant that Yazidis in Sinjar, who wanted to travel to Dahuk, home to their celebrated Lalesh temple and tens of thousands of other Yazidis uprooted by IS’ genocidal spree, had to spend over five hours navigating hostile terrain.
83 Iraqi lawmakers, representing 25% of the Council of Representatives, have gathered together with United Nations representatives to plan the activities of the upcoming session of the Women Parliamentarians Caucus.
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.
After years of stagnant politics, unpaid salaries and corruption, Kurds have lost faith in politics. This shrunk the turnout of registered Kurdish voters for the upcoming parliamentary elections. However, observers say that this election could disrupt the delicate balance of power between the main Kurdish parties.
The two largest Iraqi Kurdish political parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), are likely to agree eventually on a presidential candidate, but in the meantime several hats are in the ring.
In the midst of intensive negotiations by the winning parties in the elections to form a new government in Iraq, the Independent High Electoral Commission has completed the process of manual counting, without expecting a significant change in the results.