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Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – July 14, 2016



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Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – July 14, 2016

Post by rocky on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 6:35 am

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – July 14, 2016
Posted on July 14, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief
[size=13]Political infighting result of Kurdistan presidency issue, senior PUK official says[/size]
Sulaimani: The head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s (PUK) politburo, Mala Bakhtiar, said on Wednesday a lack of effort to tackle the Presidency issue has resulted in political infighting in Iraqi Kurdistan Region. During a seminar held in Sulaimani, the head of the PUK politburo said, “None of the Kurdish parties have said they do not want Masoud Barzani as president.” Bakhtiar said no presidential candidate has been nominated by the political parties in the Kurdistan Region for an election to take place, and called for a political consensus. Massoud Barzani, whose term as Kurdistan President ended on August 20, 2015 but refused to step down and remains unofficially in office. According to the law in Kurdistan, Barzani cannot run for presidency anymore. |
[size=13]Top US commander to visit Iraqi Kurdistan: Kurdish official[/size]
Erbil: General Joseph Votel, the commander of the United States Central Command, will visit Iraqi Kurdistan Region after concluding his trip to Baghdad, Jabbar Yawar, the chief of staff and spokesman for the Peshmerga Ministry, told Rudaw on Wednesday. “During his visit to Iraq General Joseph Votel will also travel to Kurdistan and meet top officials and authorities in the Peshmerga Ministry,” said Yawar, who declined to reveal when exactly Votel will visit. “This is a military issue and we will not release more information,” he added. General Votel arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday and met Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Iraq’s Defense Minister, Khalid al-Obaidi.

[size=13]Tourist arrivals reach record high in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region[/size]
Sulaimani: The number of visitors to Iraq’s Kurdistan Region reached a record high in July 2016, according to the region’s board of tourism. The Kurdistan Region’s tourism board revealed on Wednesday 122,000 people visited the region during the three days of the Eid holiday, a 129 percent increase in the number of visitors. The record breaking number of tourists has revived the economy and commercial areas, helping the region manage a deteriorated financial crisis. In a bid to attract tourists once again, Kurdish authorities eased the procedures for Iraqis visiting from outside the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region to travel.
[size=13]Sweden plans to increase number of military advisors in Iraqi Kurdistan[/size]
Aiming to train Peshmerga forces, Sweden is expected to double its military personnel deployed in the Kurdistan Region, local media reported citing Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist on Wednesday. Sweden’s plan for a possible increase of troops’ deployment against the Islamic State (ISIS) is at the request of the anti-ISIS U.S.-led coalition, according to Sveriges radio. Stockholm authorities are expected to make the decision as soon as possible to increase the number of advisors from 35 to 70 on the ground in Iraqi Kurdistan. “In my view it is very reasonable that we extend our mission and also contribute more. Many other countries have done that and we should too,” said Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist.

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