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Barzani: Iraqi Constitution No Longer Valid

BAS News - 2017-09-06 18:35
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stated on Wednesday that the Iraqi constitution has lost all its validity and that Iraq is currently run by a sectarian government. Addressing the journalists, writers and intellectuals from the Kurdistan ...

Kirkuk’s participation in KRG referendum dangerous move: Turkey

KurdPress - 2017-08-30 08:35
The Turkish Foreign Ministry has criticized a decision by the local administration of Kirkuk to participate in a planned referendum by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Sept. 25, saying it is a “serious breach” of the Iraqi constitution and a “da ...

Committee Drafting Constitution for "State of Kurdistan": KDP Official

BAS News - 2017-08-28 19:05
ERBIL— A committee assigned to draft the constitution for the "State of Kurdistan" has already launched its mission, said a member of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)'s politburo. Addressing the audience at the Panel of the Roadmap to the State of Kurdis ...

Final Curtain for Venezuela’s Democracy as Parliament is Dissolved

International Crisis Group - 2017-08-22 16:13
The Venezuelan government has dissolved the elected, opposition-led parliament and initiated de facto rule. Foreign governments and multilateral organisations should regard all government actions carried out in contravention of the 1999 constitution as i ...

Barzani: Kurdistan Region's Future with Iraq Is Blurred

BAS News - 2017-08-22 16:12
ERBIL— The plan for running the independence referendum of Kurdistan will not be reverted and the appeal to hold the vote is substantiated by the Iraqi constitution, stated Kurdistan Region President on Tuesday. Nearly one month prior to run the vote (on ...

Egypt’s Moussa rejects calls to extend presidential terms

Waar Media - 2017-08-13 18:29
WAAR-DUHOK: The head of the panel that drafted Egypt’s 2014 constitution, possibly the most progressive in the country’s history, denounced calls to amend the charter on Saturday, saying in a carefully-worded statement that parliament should focus instea ...

Venezuela's Last Flickers of Democracy

International Crisis Group - 2017-08-03 21:50
Venezuela’s political crisis took another fateful turn on Sunday 30 July with the rigged election of an all-powerful assembly mandated to rewrite the constitution. In thisA, Senior Analyst for the Andes Phil Gunson says Sunday’s vote represents the end o ...

Sanctions On Venezuela Could Push Oil Into The Mid-$50s

Waar Media - 2017-08-01 15:14
WAAR-DUHOK: In response to Venezuela’s controversial vote on Sunday, a move which could dramatically increase the power of President Nicolas Maduro and grant his government the ability to re-write the constitution, the United States is seriously consider ...

Baghdad Seeks Violating Constitution by Amending Article 37: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-24 18:53
ERBIL— The Iraqi government is striving to impeach on the constitution by amending a constitutional article which will not secure the rights of the people of Kirkuk , said a Kurdish lawmaker to the Iraqi House of Representatives, demanding Kurdish leader ...

Ethnic Contest and Electoral Violence in Northern Kenya

International Crisis Group - 2017-07-19 18:16
Kenya’s 2010 constitution was intended to end fierce electoral battles, but in the northern counties of Isiolo and Marsabit it has exacerbated ethnic and border tensions. To prevent these issues causing electoral violence in August, stakeholders should d ...

Barzani Slams Baghdad's Anti-Referendum Stances

BAS News - 2017-07-19 17:16
Kurdistan President states people of Kurdistan do not tolerate threats and denial anymore ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Wednesday issued a statement, accusing the successive Iraqi government of violating the constitution and reaffir ...

Kurdish vote against constitution: Iraqi ambassador

KurdPress - 2017-07-16 08:56
The Iraqi Ambassador to Iran, Rajeh Saber Abboud al-Moussavi, called the move by Iraq’s Kurdistan Region to hold a referendum and declare independence as unlawful and against the Iraqi constitution. ...

Religious Components Reps Discuss Their Rights in Kurdistan Constitution

BAS News - 2017-07-15 17:17
ERBIL— An open discussion for the representatives of the religious components in the Kurdistan Region over the rights and obligations of the religious communities in Kurdistan constitution was held on Saturday in Erbil. The representative from the entire ...

Constitution Does Not Allow Iraqis to Fight Abroad: PM

BAS News - 2017-06-05 10:11
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that the Iraqi constitution does not allow Iraqis to fight beyond the borders of the country, referring to the statements of Hashd al-Shaabi militia commanders who have repeatedly said that they would cro ...

Kirkuk provincial council threatens to sue Iraqi PM Abadi

KurdPress - 2017-05-15 12:54
The provincial council of Kirkuk has threatened to take legal actions against Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi over failing to implement the article 140 from the country’s constitution in Kirkuk. ...

Kirkuk Council Threatens to Sue PM Abadi

BAS News - 2017-05-15 00:24
KIRKUK — The provincial council of Kirkuk has threatened to take legal actions against Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi over failing to implement the article 140 from the country’s constitution in Kirkuk. Rebwar Talabani, head of the council, told al ...

Venezuela: A Blueprint for Strife

International Crisis Group - 2017-05-12 17:19
Two developments are propelling Venezuela faster along a route that has already led to dozens of deaths in the last few weeks: the first is an undemocratic proposal for a new constitution; the second is increasingly isolated Venezuela’s withdrawal from t ...

Hoisting PKK and Turkish Flags in Kirkuk Against Constitution: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-10 16:59
ERBIL — Raising Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK) flag in Kirkuk city is against the Iraqi federal constitution, said a Kurdish lawmaker. Mohamed Osman, a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) member of the Iraqi parliament, told BasNews that hoisting any fl ...

Japan sends biggest warship to protect US supply vessel

Waar Media - 2017-05-01 17:26
WAAR-DUHOK: Amid rising tensions over North Korea, Japan has dispatched its biggest warship, in the first such deployment since new laws loosened the limits of the country’s pacifist constitution. The Izumo has reportedly been sent to help safeguard US n ...

Hashd al-Shaabi: PKK Presence in Sinjar Against Iraqi Constitution

BAS News - 2017-04-27 00:06
BAGHDAD —The Iraqi Shi’ite militia group known as Hashd al-Shaabi or the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) on Wednesday opposed the presence of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq, saying it is against the constitution. “The Iraqi constitution does no ...

EU lawmaker: Turkey can’t join EU with new constitution

Waar Media - 2017-04-26 14:11
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey will close the door on joining the European Union if it adopts constitutional changes backed at a referendum last week, a leading member of the EU parliament responsible for dealings with Ankara said on Wednesday. Kati Piri’s comments ...

Turkey Votes “Yes”, 51.32% Accepting the Presidential System

BAS News - 2017-04-16 23:52
ISTANBUL — “Yes" votes have overtaken the “No” votes in the historic referendum to alter Turkey’s constitution and reconfigure its system from the parliamentary system to the presidential system. Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called the results ...

Voting begins in Turkey on expanding Erdogan’s power

KurdPress - 2017-04-16 12:09
Eligible voters began casting their ballots in Turkey on Sunday, April 16, in a referendum that proposes changing Turkey's constitution to increase President Tayyip Erdogan's powers. ...

No vote will solve Kurdish problem in Turkey: HDP deputy

KurdPress - 2017-04-16 12:09
A parliament member from Turkey pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Felak Nas Uca, urged for a “No” vote on Sunday, April 16, in a referendum on changes to the constitution of the country. ...

10 percent threshold designed against Kurds: CHP leader

KurdPress - 2017-04-15 13:05
The Leader of Turkey opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, stated that the 10 percent threshold to enter parliament as a party in Turkey’s constitution was designed against Kurds in the country and prevent them from entering the ...

Iraqi FM Labels Kurdistan Ruling Experience Successful

BAS News - 2017-04-12 14:14
Jaafari says Kurds are entitled to exercise their constitutional rights ERBIL—Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said on Wednesday that Kurds are entitled to enforce the rights granted to them by the Iraqi constitution while he also called for nat ...

Wave of attacks across southern Thailand after new constitution signed

Reuters - 2017-04-07 04:45
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police on Friday reported 22 attacks, including at least five small bomb blasts, in Muslim-majority southern Thailand only hours after King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed a new constitution on Thursday as a step towards ending militar ...

Fifth round of Geneva negotiations reveals internal obstacles

KNC Geneva - 2017-04-06 00:24
From March 23 to March 31, 2017, the fifth round of talks took place in Geneva since the resumption of talks in 2016. The objective of this round was to work on four fundamental issues: interim governance, elections, constitution and the complex of counte ...

Raising Kurdish flag in Kirkuk leads into clashes: deputy

KurdPress - 2017-04-03 12:10
A parliament deputy from al-Mawatin Alliance in the Iraqi parliament reiterated that the decision of the Kirkuk Provincial Council to raise Kurdistan Region’s flag on governmental buildings in Kirkuk is against the Iraqi constitution and will lead into cl ...

EU urges Russia to free detained protesters

Roji Kurd - 2017-03-28 00:06
The police crackdown stopped “the exercise of basic freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly – which are fundamental rights enshrined in the Russian constitution,” the EU’s said on Monday. The US and the EU have slammed Moscow for detaini ...

Pakistan's parliament votes to reinstate secret military courts

Reuters - 2017-03-21 19:23
KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan's parliament on Tuesday amended the constitution to reinstate secret military courts that try civilians charged with terrorism offences, something activists have warned will lead to human rights abuses. ...

Next intra-Syrian talks set for late March – UN envoy

United Nations - 2017-03-11 04:32
The next round of the United Nations-facilitated intra-Syrian talks is expected to convene on 23 March to discuss issues related to governance, constitution, elections and counter terrorism, the UN Special Envoy for Syria has said. ...

PKK Presence in Kurdistan Against Iraqi Constitution: Official

BAS News - 2017-03-09 16:18
ERBIL — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) presence in Kurdistan Region is not legal, said a Kurdish official. “According to the Iraqi constitution, the presence of any armed forces in Kurdistan Region, outside the control of Peshmerga Ministry, is against l ...

Turkey PM says Ankara respects Iraq’s territorial integrity

E-Kurd - 2017-03-04 10:55
ANKARA,— Turkey’s prime minister Tuesday stressed that Ankara respects Iraq’s territorial integrity as well as its constitution. At the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s parliamentary group meeting, Binali Yildirim underlined how the Iraqi Kurd ...

Syrian Kurds seeks own autonomous region

KurdPress - 2017-02-28 06:43
A Kurdish source has stated that Kurds in Syria demand to participate in effort to prepare Syria’s draft constitution and want the war-torn country to be federal. ...

Guatemala blocks entry to Dutch ship providing abortions

Reuters - 2017-02-24 03:30
PORT OF SAN JOSE, Guatemala (Reuters) - Guatemala's army detained a boat carrying a supply of abortion pills on Thursday and prevented it from picking up women seeking to end their pregnancies, saying the move was prohibited by the country's constitution. ...

President of Azerbaijan appoints his wife as first vice-president

Waar Media - 2017-02-21 12:45
WAAR-DUHOK: Azerbaijan’s first lady Mehriban Aliyeva has been appointed as the country’s first vice president. Azeri president Ilham Aliyev signed the relevant decree on Tuesday. “Based on Article 1031.1 of the Constitution of Azerbaijan, I appoint Mehri ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – January 24, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-02-01 19:33
Iraq’s State of Law Coalition MP: Not against Kurdish state if complies with constitution Baghdad: Iraq’s State of Law Coalition would not be against a Kurdish state if it was according to the constitution, one of the party’s lawmakers said on Tuesday. S ...

Syrian Kurds welcome Russian-proposed draft constitution for Syria

E-Kurd - 2017-02-01 19:33
PARIS,— In an interview with Sputnik, Halit İsa, a representative of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in France, revealed the details of his Friday meeting in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “Mr. Lavrov familiarized us ...

Syria disagrees with Russia on Kurdish autonomy

KurdPress - 2017-02-01 11:49
The Syrian government completely rejected any form of Kurdish autonomy and has reportedly proposed amendments to change the Russian draft proposal for a new Syrian constitution. ...
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