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Election commission says staff taken hostage as results row escalates

Arabs and Turkmen Continue Protesting Election Results in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-05-21 00:19
ERBIL — More than one week after Iraq’s parliamentary election, Arabs and Turkmens in Kirkuk continue to demonstrate and reject the polls’ results. The protesting factions suspect the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) of influence the vote in its favour ...

Iraqi Electoral Commission Rejects Manual Ballot Counting

BAS News - 2018-05-16 23:19
ERBIL — The Iraqi Independent High Election Commission has made it clear that according to the law and regulations, manual counting of ballots is not possible. The statement was made by a spokesperson for the commission after several Iraqi and Kurdish fa ...

Iraq: Armed men trap election workers in Kirkuk, block count

Washington Post - 2018-05-16 19:38
Iraqi officials said Wednesday that armed men have trapped election workers inside their offices in Kirkuk, disrupting the vote count in the northern city at the heart of a long-running dispute with Iraqi Kurds. ...

PM Abadi leading Iraq election, Sadr strong

Waar Media - 2018-05-13 16:15
WAAR-DUHOK: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s list appears to be leading in Iraq’s parliamentary election followed by influential Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s alliance, an election commission source and a security official told Reuters. Iraqis voted o ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Besieges Electoral Commission Office in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-05-12 22:55
ERBIL — The Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi overnight Saturday overrun the electoral commission’s office in Kirkuk, laying a siege to the office. A source claimed that the militiamen are for Hadi Ameri’s Badr Brigade who accuses the co ...

Many Kurds May Boycott Iraqi Parliamentary Election in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-05-08 12:00
ERBIL - A group of people in Kirkuk who are known as "the Kurdish Rights Movement", have decided to boycott the upcoming Iraqi parliamentary election set for May 12 as they believe that the province "has been occupied" by the Iraqi forces. The group cons ...

The Hill: Iraqi Kurdistan: From scorched land to role model

Justice for Kurds - 2018-04-30 19:51
As electoral campaigning begins in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan, it is critically important to remember that despite recent political upheavals — including the Iraqi government’s invasion of the major oil-producing city of Kirkuk, then held by Kurds, and othe ...

Erbil: Kurdistan Election Commission Official Assassinated

BAS News - 2018-04-24 21:23
ERBIL — An official from the Kurdistan Independent High Election Commission (KIHEC) was gunned down on Tuesday in central Erbil by unknown armed men. Faris Muhammed Sadiq, the manager of KIHEC’s general administration, who was also a member of the Patrio ...

Muhammad Amin Bozarslan (1935)

Pirtuk û Wêje - 2018-04-23 12:24
Muhammad Amin Bozarslan (Kurdish: Mehmed Emín Bozarslan, مه‌حمه‌د ئه‌مین بۆزارسلان) was born in 1935 in Diyarbakir, Northern provinces of Kurdistan (Turkey). He moved to Sweden as political asylum seeker in 1978, and he has been living in Uppsala Sweden s ...