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President Barzani: Kurds Could Opt Out of Next Iraqi Government

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The president of Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, said Iraq had been led in an authoritarian direction by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and threatened to end the oil-rich autonomous region’s participation in the federal government. Iraq held elections on April 30. The results have yet to be announced but Kurdish support …

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New Party Name Breaks ‘Kurdistan’ Taboo in Turkey

The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Turkey is the first organization to bear the name of Kurdistan.

A party with the word “Kurdistan” in its name has officially been approved in Turkey for the first time. “We are very pleased with the decision,” said Mehmet Emin Kardas, leader of the new Kurdistan Democratic Party-Turkey (PDK-T). “Many people had told us that our application would not be accepted …

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