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Baghdad cannot prevent referendum in Kurdistan Region: Mahmoud Osman

KurdPress - 2017-07-23 08:02
A former Iraqi parliament deputy and Kurdish politician, Mahmoud Osman, stated over the plan of Kurdistan Region to hold a referendum of independence on September that the central Iraqi government in Baghdad will not be able to prevent the referendum. ...

Baghdad Unsafe for Kurdish Media Activists: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-22 16:24
ERBIL — The deterioration of security situation in Iraq’s capital has provided the armed groups with the freedom to conduct arbitrary violent acts and kidnap Kurdish journalists and media activists, said a lawmaker. Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament ...

Maliki’s Remarks Against Kurdistan to Cover His Failures: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-22 14:13
Maliki is trying to elude the charges as part of his electoral campaign ERBIL — A Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament stated that the Iraqi former PM Nouri al-Maliki’s recent statements against Kurdistan Region and Peshmerga are an attempt to cover hi ...

Kurdish Official Kidnapped and Threatened to Leave Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-07-22 10:46
He was kidnapped and tortured by a militia group BAGHDAD — A group of armed men kidnapped a Kurdish official in Baghdad and threatened him to leave Baghdad because he is Kurdish. Shakhawan Abdullah, a Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament, said in a sta ...

Yezidi MP Calls for Safe Corridors for Yezidi Abductees in Tel Afar

BAS News - 2017-07-19 17:16
Hundreds of Yezidi abductees are being held in Tel Afar, Vian Dakhil says ERBIL — A Yezidi member in the Iraqi parliament called on the Iraqi security authorities to provide safe corridors for hundreds of innocent Yezidi abductees held by the Islamic Sta ...

Political Agenda Behind Delaying Hawija Liberation: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-13 12:44
ERBIL — Iraqi government is intentionally delaying the operation to retake Hawija city, the last area held by the Islamic State (IS) in Kirkuk province, due to political agendas, said a member of the Iraqi parliament on Thursday. Shakhawan Abdullah, a Ku ...

Yezidi MP Refutes HRW Report on Deporting Yezidi Families by KRG

BAS News - 2017-07-10 12:19
ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidi representative to the Iraqi parliament Vian Dakhil rejected the report of the Human Rights Watch (HRW) about the expulsion of a few displaced Yezidi families from Kurdistan Region because their sons have joined the Shi’ite mili ...

Official asks Kurdish elites to prevent referendum

KurdPress - 2017-07-06 09:46
A deputy from al-Mawatin Coalition in the Iraqi parliament asked Kurdish elites not to hold the planned referendum of the region, set for September 25, and advised them from destroying ties between Iraqis. ...

Iraqi Parliament Demands Government to Assist Yezidi Women

BAS News - 2017-07-03 15:57
ERBIL — Iraqi lawmakers have issued to the Iraqi government multiple demands for the liberated Kurdish Yezidi women, one of which is to provide them with a monthly salary under social protection law. “Iraqi house of representatives has issued the Iraqi g ...

Maliki Paying Kurdish Channels to Run Anti-Referendum Campaign

BAS News - 2017-07-01 16:37
Maliki is spending a great deal of money against Kurdistan ERBIL — A former Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament said that Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi former PM who leads the State of Law faction has paid a number of Kurdish channels in order to stand a ...

Ezidi MP praised for courage, leadership in human rights

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 23:12
Vian Dakhil (L), a Yezidi (Ezidi) Member of the Iraqi Parliament, during the Lantos Human Rights Prize award ceremony, Washington, DC, United States, Feb. 8, 2017. (Photo: Kurdistan24) ...

Kurds united despite Shia rivalry in Baghdad

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 09:22
Members of the Iraqi parliament gather to vote on Iraq's new government at the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad, in this September 8, 2014 file photo. (Reuters) ...

Barzani: Independence referendum has no return

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 09:01
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barznai recieved the Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jibouri in Salahadin, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, June 19, 2017. (Photo: KRP) ...

PUK removes Ala Talabani from head of party faction

KurdPress - 2017-06-14 12:49
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) decided on Monday to dismiss the head of the party’s faction in the Iraqi Parliament, asking the faction members to select a successor, NRT reported. ...

Iraqi MP says Iran paying for fight against terrorism

KurdPress - 2017-06-09 14:48
Tehran is paying the price for supporting the fight against terrorism, a member of the Iraqi Parliament’s Foreign Relations Commission said about Wednesday, June 7, terrorist attacks in Tehran. ...

KDP Bloc in Iraqi Parliament Supports Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-08 23:25
ERBIL — Calling it a “decisive decision”, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) bloc of the Iraqi parliament has offered its support to Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum, saying they will spare no effort to make it successful. “This is a historic ...

Kurdish Areas Outside KRG’s Rule to Vote Yes in Referendum: Shabak MP

BAS News - 2017-06-08 14:53
ERBIL — The representative of the Kurdish Shabak community in the Iraqi parliament said the residents of the Kurdish areas outside the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) administration support Kurdistan Region independence referendum. Salim Shabak, th ...

Kurds back Abadi’s effort to unite Iraq: KDP official

KurdPress - 2017-06-06 11:45
The chief of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) faction in the Iraqi parliament stated that it backs Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi’s effort for making unity in Iraq, adding that the country needs Abadi’s policy making. ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Will Retreat from Sinjar: Yezidi MP

BAS News - 2017-06-05 16:38
ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidis representative to the Iraqi parliament, Vian Dakhil, said on Sunday that the Shi’ite militia Hashd al-Shaabi forces have been notified to leave the Yezidi areas and avoid creating tensions. Dakhil told BasNews that the deploym ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 31, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-06-01 18:17
KDP plans to reactivate Iraqi Kurdistan Region parliament without Speaker Erbil: Efforts to resolve the Kurdistan Region’s political crisis and reactivate parliament in advance of an anticipated referendum on independence are stagnated. The Kurdistan Dem ...

Hashd Forces Intend to Reinstate Maliki as PM: Ex-Parliament Speaker

BAS News - 2017-05-29 19:05
ERBIL— Several groups of the Shi'ite paramilitary forces are striving to ensure that Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki will take over as the prime minister for the third term, according to the former speaker of the Iraqi House of Representatives. Mahm ...

Online Museum to Be Opened for Documenting IS Crimes Against Yezidis

BAS News - 2017-05-29 13:44
ERBIL — An electronic museum containing the Islamic State (IS) crimes against the Kurdish Yezidis will be created, said a Yezidi MP. Vian Dakhil, a Kurdish Yezidi member of the Iraqi parliament said on Monday that the online museum is intended for docume ...

Iraq’s Ministry of Finance on Brink of Collapse: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-28 18:41
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Ministry of Finance is suffering from lack of management and it is likely to collapse at any given moment, said a member of parliament. MP Jawad Polani, who is also a member of the parliamentary Committee for Economy and Investment, said ...

U.S. would never support Kurdish independence from Iraq: deputy

KurdPress - 2017-05-27 10:15
A parliament deputy from Iraq’s State of Law Coalition stated that the political situation in Iraq and the regional states and the world would not allow the cessation of Kurdistan Region from Iraq and the U.S. will never back Iraqi Kurds’ quit from Iraq a ...

Four Shi’ite Militias Arrested After Assaulting Kurdish Lawmaker

BAS News - 2017-05-22 22:07
ERBIL — The Iraqi police have arrested four Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi for their involvement in assaulting a Kurdish member of the Iraqi Parliament. MP Salim Shabak said on Monday that the arrest comes after he filed a complaint against the atta ...

Jordan Supports Kurdistan Region's Independence: Kurdish MP

BAS News - 2017-05-20 14:32
Jordan is playing an effective role in the region ERBIL — Jordan is one of the countries which has strong relations with the Kurdistan Region and it will support its independence, said an Iraqi parliament member. Renas Jano, a Kurdish member of the Iraqi ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 16, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
Delegation from European Union visits Kurdistan Parliament, says MP A delegation from the European Union visited the now-closed Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament on Tuesday to discuss the reactivation of the region’s parliament, a Kurdish lawmaker said on Tuesd ...

Kurdish MP Attacked by Shabak Mobilisation Forces

BAS News - 2017-05-17 03:06
ERBIL — Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament, Salim Shabaki, was attacked by the militia armed men of the Shabak Mobilisation Forces — also known as Hashd Shabaki — in an area of the Mosul Plains. The lawmaker stated that he was stopped in a checkpoint ...

Iraqi Parliament to Summon Six More Ministers

BAS News - 2017-05-14 23:51
ERBIL — The Iraqi parliament on Sunday decided to summon six other ministers after it sacked two ministers last year, said a Kurdish member of the parliament. “Ministers of Communication and Transportation, Education, and Agriculture are on the list,” sa ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Needs to Be Dissolved after Eliminating IS: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-13 16:44
ERBIL — Iraqi paramilitary groups including Hashd al-Shaabi need to be dissolved after the Islamic State (IS) is defeated, said an Iraqi parliament member. Arafat Karam, head of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) bloc in the Iraqi parliament, told BasNews ...

Iraqi PM shows no opposition to Kurdistan independence referendum

Waar Media - 2017-05-12 17:26
WAAR-DUHOK: The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will not pose any obstacles to the process of referendum on Kurdistan Region independence, said a Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament. Following a meeting with Abadi on Thursday, MP Ardalan Nouralld ...

Abadi Shows No Opposition to Kurdistan Independence Referendum: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-12 00:49
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will not pose any obstacles to the process of referendum on Kurdistan Region independence, said a Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament. Following a meeting with Abadi on Thursday, MP Ardalan Nouralldin ...

Iraqi MPs Collect Signatures to Summon Senior Security Officials

BAS News - 2017-05-11 16:20
ERBIL — The Iraqi lawmakers have collected signatures, in a bid to summon the senior security officials in order to investigate into the security situation of the country. Majid Shangali, a member of the Iraqi parliament, told BasNews that 134 signatures ...

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 ...

Baghdad-Erbil Agreement Need to Save Iraqi Refugees in Syria: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-10 00:38
BAGHDAD — Iraqi parliament’s human rights committee has called for an agreement between Baghdad and Erbil to cooperate on taking in the Iraqi refugees in Syria and sheltering them in the Kurdistan Region. Head of the parliamentary committee has officiall ...

Iran’s Interference in Iraq, Kurdistan Affairs not Welcome: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-07 23:30
BAGHDAD — A Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament has decried Tehran’s interference in the internal affairs of Baghdad and Erbil, saying it is not welcome. Concerning the promised referendum on Kurdistan Region’s independence form Iraq, only Kurds have ...

Shi'ite Alliance Refused Yezidis' Quota in IHEC: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-01 21:04
She says Baghdad marginalizes the Kurdish religious minority ERBIL— A bill for allocating a quota for the Kurdish religious minority of Yezidis in the Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq (IHEC) was rejected by the Iraqi parliament, said a Yezid ...

Peshmerga Does not Discriminate Among Iraqis: Tribal MP

BAS News - 2017-04-28 17:17
He indicts Iraqi Parliament for enforcing divisive plots of other countries ERBIL— As long as the foreign countries intervene in the internal affairs of Iraq, unrest will prevail in the country, said Sheikh Munir al-Jumaili, who heads al-Jumaili Tribe an ...

Iraqi Parliament to Vote on Draft to Ban Foreign Armed Groups

BAS News - 2017-04-27 15:43
The draft will ban the armed groups posing threat to the neighbouring states ERBIL — According to a draft, if passed by the Iraqi parliament, all foreign armed groups that are posing a potential threat to the security of the neighbouring countries need t ...

Hashd MPs Will Not Be Stripped off Parliament Membership: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-04-20 18:49
Parliament may vote on MP's absence due to Hashd service ERBIL— Iraqi lawmakers who instead of the Iraqi House of Representatives serve at the ranks of the Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (better known as Hashd forces) will not be deprived from their ...

Parliament Issues Order for Iraqi Govt. To Apologize for Anfal

BAS News - 2017-04-13 16:25
The tragedy against Kurds will enter school curricula ERBIL— Iraqi House of Representatives on Thursday voted in favor of a proposal which demands the Iraqi government to apologize for the humanity crimes committed against the Kurdish people in the proce ...

Iraqi Parliament Organizing "Dangerous" Bill against Kurdistan Region: MP

BAS News - 2017-04-10 21:28
He says the bill will fetter KRG and Kurdistan parliament ERBIL — MPs from the Iraqi House of Representatives are trying to put a bill to voting which will restrain the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kurdistan Parliament, warned a Kurdish lawmak ...

PKK Continues Causing Unrest in Sinjar: MP

BAS News - 2017-04-07 23:04
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) continues destabilizing the Yezidi-populated areas and neglecting the rule of local administration, said a Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament. “PKK continues creating unrest in Khansor, Sinjar and Snune area ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – April 5, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-04-07 09:04
Iraq government, KRG oppress Kirkuk through lack of services, PUK says Baghdad: The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) bloc in the Iraqi Parliament said the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have oppressed Kirkuk by not providi ...

Kirkuk Council Approves Holding Referendum in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-04-04 15:16
The council also rejected Iraqi parliament's ban against hoisting the Kurdistan flag ERBIL — By a majority vote, Kirkuk Provincial Council (KPC) on Tuesday agreed to allow holding a referendum in Kirkuk which will settle the long term dispute between Bag ...

Kirkuk Council Rejects Parliament's Decision of Banning Kurdistan Flag

BAS News - 2017-04-04 11:44
Iraqi parliament cannot block executive orders ERBIL — The provincial council of Kirkuk unanimously rejected the decree of the Iraqi parliament against raising the Kurdistan flag in the city on Tuesday. Kirkuk council convened on Tuesday to discuss the I ...

Iraqi Parliament To Discuss Sinjar Security Without Kurdish MPs

BAS News - 2017-04-03 15:41
Kurdish MPs have boycotted the sessions since Saturday ERBIL — Iraqi House of Representatives is set to discuss the security of the Kurdish Yezidi populated town of Sinjar on Monday while the Kurdish lawmakers have all boycotted the session. Parliament S ...

Kirkuk Council to Consider Referendum Over Joining Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2017-04-03 15:41
Rejecting the Iraqi parliament's decision over lowering the Kurdistan flag is also on the agenda of the meeting ERBIL — The provincial council in Kirkuk is scheduled to convene on Tuesday and among other issues it is going to discuss, the proposal for co ...

Iraqi parliament bans Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk

E-Kurd - 2017-04-03 14:59
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s parliament has rejected a decision to raise the Kurdish flag used by Kurdistan Region alongside the Iraqi flag on public buildings and institutions in Kirkuk city. Iraqi MPs voted in favour of displaying only the Iraqi flag on Kirkuk’s b ...

Kurdish flag in Iraq’s Kirkuk is permanent, Kirkuk governor says

E-Kurd - 2017-04-03 14:59
KIRKUK,— Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim said in a defiant message that the local government would not commit to the Iraqi parliament’s Saturday vote that called for raising only the Iraqi flag in the multi-ethnic city. “I assure you that this flag [of K ...

Kirkuk governor refuses to pull down Kurdish flag

KurdPress - 2017-04-03 12:10
Kirkuk governor Najmaddin Karim has refused to apply a decision by the Iraqi parliament to pull down the flag of Kurdistan Region on the city's public buildings and institutions. ...

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 ...

Nineveh Arab Tribes Call for Secession of Kurdistan from Iraq

BAS News - 2017-04-03 11:57
"Kurdistan has the right to hoist its flag in Kirkuk," says Sheikh Muzahim Huwet ERBIL — Nineveh Arab tribes call for the secession of Kurdistan Region from Iraq, criticizing the Iraqi parliament for the decision it passed to bring down the Kurdistan fla ...

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Regrets Decision against Kurdistan Flag in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-04-02 21:59
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri has regretted the decision of forcing the Kirkuk provincial administration to lower the Kurdistan flag, said a Kurdish lawmaker. “The heads of Kurdish parliamentary factions once again held a meeting wi ...

Arab Tribe Leader Says Iraqi Parliament Speaker a Defector to Tehran

BAS News - 2017-04-02 11:26
Al-Jabouri tribe declares abandonment of Salim al-Jabouri ERBIL — The leader of al-Jabouri Arab tribes in Kirkuk Sheikh Masrour al-Jabouri described the Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri as a defector to Iran and declared al-Jabouri tribes' aband ...

Kurdistan Flag in Kirkuk Won’t Be Taken Down: Provincial Council

BAS News - 2017-04-01 21:52
KIRKUK — Kirkuk Provincial Council has made it clear that Iraqi parliament’s decision against hosting Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk is not be enforced. The chairman of the council, Rebwar Tallabani, explained that such a decision by the Iraqi parliament is an ...
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