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Kurdistan Elections Cement Barzani’s Role as Regional Powerbroker

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Parliamentary elections held Sept. 21 in the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq further cemented the undisputed leadership of the regional government’s president, Massoud Barzani. Reigning supreme in Iraqi Kurdistan, dominating the political scene in Iraq and enjoying his status as a major Western go-between in Syria, Barzani has become a …

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Barzani’s Party Looking For Coalition Partners

Iraqi  Kurdish supporters of Massoud Barzani (portrait-L), president of Kurdistan and leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), wave the KDP party flag during celebrations in the streets of Arbil, late on September 22, 2013, as the count was underway in Iraqi Kurdistan's first election in four years. The vote itself went off largely without incident, with turnout pegged at 73.9 percent. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

The ruling party of Iraqi Kurdistan’s President Massoud Barzani has come first in the region’s parliamentary elections, according to official results of 95 percent of the votes released by the electoral body one week after the elections were held on Sept. 21. But Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has fallen …

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PUK Falls to Third Place In Iraqi Kurdistan Elections

Employees of the Independent High Electoral Commission count ballots during regional parliamentary elections in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Sept. 21, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani)

The Iraqi election commission decided to postpone declaring the election results in Iraqi Kurdistan because fraud accusations were made by the oppositionist Movement for Change against its adversaries — the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), led by Kurdistan Region of Iraq …

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