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Gorran Ready to Discuss Reconvening Parliament and Referendum with KDP

BAS News - 2017-08-10 14:47
Gorran Movement held a meeting on Thursday SULAYMANIYAH — Gorran (Change) Movement which is yet to join the pro-referendum parties in the Kurdistan Region held a session earlier today and decided to meet with Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) for discussi ...

Gorran Evading Responsibility for Extreme Stances against KDP: Official

BAS News - 2017-08-09 12:46
ERBIL— Kurdish Change Movement (Gorran) seems to vacillate over reviewing its policy and this compels the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) to settle Kurdistan parliament rift with the rest of the parties, said a KDP official on Wednesday. The entire part ...

Nechrivan Barzani: KDP Has No Preconditions for Reactivating Parliament

BAS News - 2017-08-08 19:48
ERBIL— Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has set no preconditions for calling Kurdistan Parliament back into session, said KDP Vice President Nechirvan Barzani. Barzani addressed a joint press conference with Mulla Bakhtiyar form the politburo of the Patr ...

PICTURE: 9-Year-Old Yezidi Girl Freed from IS

BAS News - 2017-08-08 14:28
ERBIL — Another Kurdish Yezidi child has been rescued from the grip of the Islamic State (IS) militants with the help of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Vian Dakhil, the sole Yezidi member of the Iraqi parliament, confirmed the report in a tweet on ...

Iraq Does Not Pose Obstacles to Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum: FM

BAS News - 2017-08-07 15:17
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi central government will not create obstacles on Kurdistan Region’s path towards holding the independence referendum, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Jafaari, said. Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament, Ardalan Nou ...

Iraqi Parliament Postpones Provincial Elections Until 2018

BAS News - 2017-08-07 14:10
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi parliament decided on Monday to postpone the provincial elections until next year to be held together with the parliamentary elections. The provincial elections were expected to be held this year on 16th September. The government is y ...

Christians Would Return to Nineveh Only if Kurdistan Is Independent

BAS News - 2017-08-06 23:55
ERBIL — Iraqi Christians say they would return to the recently liberated Nineveh Plains only if the Kurdistan Region becomes an independent state, a Christian member of the Kurdistan Region Parliament said on Sunday. Waheda Yacoub, an Iraqi Christian mem ...

PUK Works to Help Reactivation of Parliament Next Week: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-08-06 14:34
ERBIL — The parliament of Kurdistan Region should be called back into session even if the Change Movement (Gorran) does not take any step forward in the negotiations over the issue, said a PUK official. The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the third l ...

Yezidis Massacred by IS for Their Ethnic, Religious Identity: MP

BAS News - 2017-08-03 14:59
ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidis have several times been massacred throughout history for their Yezidi religion and Kurdish nationality, said Vian Dakhil, the sole Yezidi member of the Iraqi parliament. Marking the third anniversary of the Islamic State (IS) ...

KDP Ready for Any Compromise for National Unity: MP

BAS News - 2017-08-02 16:01
ERBIL— Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has tried all the ways for the suspended Kurdistan Parliament to resume its mission, said the KDP faction spokesperson. Mohammad Ali told BasNews on Wednesday that his party is ready for any compromise in the inter ...

Over 100 delegations to attend Rouhani oath-taking ceremony

KurdPress - 2017-08-01 13:07
Member of Iran’s Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said in a message that over 100 foreign delegations are scheduled to participate in President Hassan Rouhani's swearing-in ceremony slated to be held in Tehran on August 5. ...

Iraqi oil delegation to visit Erbil

KurdPress - 2017-08-01 13:07
A member of the Iraqi Parliament’s Energy and Oil Commission stated that a delegation from Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, is planned to make a visit to Erbil, the capital of the northern autonomous region, in order to discuss the region’s independent oil exp ...

Another Parliamentarian “HDP” arrested

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-01 01:16
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, Aisha Ajar Yasharan, a representative of the city of Elieh in the People’s Democratic People’s Party, was arrested by the Turkish police, two days ago, another member of parliament Saadat ...

Barzani seeking to pressure Baghdad through referendum: deputy

KurdPress - 2017-07-31 15:09
An Iraqi parliament deputy from the National Coalition Alliance stated that Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani’s plan to hold the referendum of independence is an attempt to pressure Baghdad for achieving more privileges. ...

Kurdistan Region hopes to reactivate parliament in two weeks

KurdPress - 2017-07-31 10:20
Senior assistant to Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, Hemin Hawrami, said on Sunday that the region hopes that the parliament will meet again on August 15, and that all preparations for holding a Kurdish independence referendum on 25 September wi ...

Iraqi Kurds hope to reactivate parliament within two weeks

Aranews - 2017-07-31 05:28
ARA News Senior assistant to President Masoud Barzani, Hemin Hawrami, on Sunday said that they hope that the Kurdish Regional Government’s (KRG) parliament will meet again on August 15, and that all preparations for holding a Kurdish independence referen ...

Kurdistan’s Parliament to Be Reconvened within Two Weeks

BAS News - 2017-07-30 15:12
High Committee of Referendum met today to discuss future steps ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s High Committee of Referendum decided on Sunday to reconvene Kurdistan Region’s parliament within two weeks. The committee held a session today for discussions over ...

Kurdistan Region Parties to Discuss Reconvening Parliament

BAS News - 2017-07-30 10:35
High Committee of Referendum will convene on Sunday ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s High Committee of Referendum will convene today for discussions over the forthcoming independence referendum of Kurdistan Region set for September 25th. The meeting will be ch ...

Turkish Parliament Expels 2 HDP Lawmakers for Absenteeism

BAS News - 2017-07-27 17:19
ERBIL — Turkish parliament’s General Assembly voted on Thursday to dismiss two lawmakers from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) reportedly for absenteeism. Tugba Hezer Ozturk, a deputy representing Van, and Faysal Sariyildiz, who represents ...

Nadia Murad: Israel a beacon of hope for Yazidis

Waar Media - 2017-07-26 18:48
WAAR-DUHOK: The UN Goodwill Ambassador from Shingal visited the Israeli parliament to raise awareness of the shared atrocities faced by the Jewish and Yezidi peoples, as one outspoken parlimentarian is supporting recognition by her nation. Less than five ...

Kurdish Diaspora in Germany Demands EU Support Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-23 18:34
ERBIL— In a rally in support of the Kurdistan independence referendum, the Kurdish diaspora in Germany called on the EU Parliament not to stand in the way of Kurdistan for independence. The demonstrators, who came from Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria, stage ...

Gorran may speak with KDP on independence: official

KurdPress - 2017-07-23 11:48
A Change Movement (Gorran) official said they were ready to hold talks with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on the question of referendum and reactivation of the parliament if the KDP was "serious" in thawing the ice and laying the groundwork for rec ...

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 ...

Pro-Kurdish HDP deputy faces loss of parliament seat

KurdPress - 2017-07-22 15:36
A Turkish parliamentary joint commission chaired by ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Istanbul Deputy Mustafa Sentop decided by a majority of votes to revoke the seat of Faysal Sariyildiz due to missing too many sessions of 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 ...

KDP agrees to parliament reopening unconditionally, deputy tells Kurdpress

KurdPress - 2017-07-22 11:11
A parliament deputy from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) stated that the party welcomes the reopening of the region’s stalled parliament without setting any preconditions and stated that the KDP is ready to talks directly with the opposition Movement ...

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 ...

Stricter Measures Need Be Taken for Drug Offenses in Kurdistan: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-19 13:46
Rate of drug offenses is rising in the Kurdistan Region ERBIL — A member of the Kurdistan Region Parliament warned against the increase of drug use in the Kurdistan Region and called on the authorities to take stricter procedures against drug offenses. A ...

Demirtas wants to address parliament through video conference

KurdPress - 2017-07-19 10:35
The imprisoned co-leader of Turkey pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas, issued a petition to the Parliamentary Speaker’s Office to address his party group from prison via audio-visual information technology (SEGBIS) as a respo ...

Gorran Welcomes KDP Initiative for Reactivating Parliament

BAS News - 2017-07-18 17:16
ERBIL— Gorran (Change) Movement values Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) initiative for reactivating Kurdistan Parliament if it's void of provisions for Gorran, said an official from the party. Mahmud Bikeysi, a founding member of Gorran, told BasNews on ...

KDP, PUK Develop New Initiative to Call Parliament Back into Session

BAS News - 2017-07-18 14:45
ERBIL — Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have extensively discussed the issue of Kurdistan Region Parliament, coming up with an initiative to convince the Change Movement (Gorran) help the resumption of the parl ...

Turkey extends state of emergency for forth time

KurdPress - 2017-07-18 08:20
The Turkish parliament extended the ongoing state of emergency on July 17 by three more months starting from July 19, its fourth such extension after a coup attempt last July. ...

Kurdish Delegation to Discuss Referendum with Regional Powers

BAS News - 2017-07-15 13:01
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region delegations are set to visit regional countries for discussions around an imminent referendum on statehood, said an official. Following a series of meetings in Belgium and EU Parliament headed by Kurdistan Region President Masoud ...

Parliament should be reactivated before referendum: official

KurdPress - 2017-07-14 21:25
The Kurdistan local Parliament should be reactivated without preconditions before holding the referendum on the independence of Kurdistan, the Director of the Kurdistan Region’s Protection and Information Agency, Lahur Talabani, said. ...

PUK Politburo: Kurdistan Parliament Must Be Reactivated

BAS News - 2017-07-13 16:59
ERBIL— The suspended parliament of the Kurdistan Region must be reactivated and a law for independence referendum should be issued, the politburo of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) postulates. The politburo held its ordinary meeting on Wednesday i ...

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 ...

Talabani Meets Iranian Parliament Speaker

BAS News - 2017-07-12 18:21
ERBIL— The Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Jalal Talabani on Wednesday met with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran. Iranian semi-official Mehr news agency reported that Mohammed Jafar Sahrarudi, Larijani’s chief ...

EU Supports Kurdistan Region’s Independence Vote: Hoshyar Zebari

BAS News - 2017-07-12 15:42
ERBIL — A member of the Kurdistan Region’s delegation in Brussels said that the European Parliament (EP) supports Kurdistan Region’s forthcoming referendum on independence and it will send representatives to Kurdistan for monitoring the process. Hoshyar ...
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