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Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – August 22, 2016

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Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – August 22, 2016

Post by rocky on Mon 22 Aug 2016, 6:21 am

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – August 22, 2016
Posted on August 22, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief
[size=13]Gorran candidate rejects his tenure as governor of Sulaimani signed by Massoud Barzani[/size]
Sulaimani: Candidate of the Change (Gorran) Movement for the post of Sulaimani province Governor Haval Abubakir refused the assumption of the post of Governor signed by Massoud Barzani, who still acts as Kurdistan president despite his term has expired in August 2015, announcing the abandonment of the post, as the post process needs to a presidential decree. Head of the Council of the Province of Sulaimani and the candidate of Gorran for the position of the Governor Abubakr told the NINA that he would not recognize the signing of Massoud Barzani, saying that Barzani has lost his legitimacy as President of the Kurdistan region. He expressed his readiness to give up office planned to be delivered to him by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan PUK in accordance with the agreement between Gorran and PUK regarding the sharing of power in local government. ninanews.com | Ekurd.net
[size=13]Erbil forum hosts 200 sightseeing firms to help ailing tourist industry[/size]
Erbil: Over 200 Kurdish and Iraqi tourist companies attended a forum in Erbil where authorities have struggled to bring back vacationers after many visitors appeared to stay away since 2014 due to the IS war in Iraq. The meeting was hosted by the ministries of municipalities and interior which announced they wanted to facilitate the work of nearly 1000 tourist companies in Iraq and Kurdistan Region. “We wanted to listen to them and see what it is that we can do for the companies in order to make tourism a four-season industry, not just a summer activity,” said Minister of Municipalities and Tourism, Newroz Mawlood, who was also present at the meeting. rudaw.net

[size=13]Hundreds of Iraqi civilians stranded after fleeing IS-held territory[/size]
Kirkuk: Hundreds of Iraqi civilians are suffering harsh living conditions after they fled Islamic State (IS) held territory, as nearby refugee camps have no room to hold them. The civilians have been stranded at the front line between IS militants and Peshmerga forces, northwest of Kirkuk. They have managed to flee IS territory but are yet to find safety, with all the refugee camps in the area being full. Families with children are enduring the harshest of conditions. They have been left under the heat with no food, no water and no shelter. Many of the young children have succumbed to the circumstances, some were even seen unconscious. nrttv.com
[size=13]Erbil authorities detain group suspected of drug trafficking[/size]
Erbil: Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s anti-drug agency said security forces have detained an international group suspected of drug trafficking in Erbil, as authorities step up efforts to curb drug smuggling networks in the region. The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Anti-Drug Directorate in Erbil released a statement on Sunday, announcing security forces (Asayish) arrested four suspects whose job was to smuggle drugs into the Kurdistan Region. Asayish also seized 14 kilograms of illegal drugs during an operation against the group in Erbil, the anti-drug directorate said. “The group’s job was to bring drugs from outside the Kurdistan Region through the Bashmakh border crossing [west of Sulaimani city] and into Erbil,” the statement said. “The group was sent to court and an investigation has been launched.” nrttv.com
[size=13]Othman: Peshmerga forces will have a key role in liberating Mosul[/size]
Baghdad: The Kurdish leading figure, former MP, Mahmoud Othman assured that the Kurdish Peshmerga forces will have a key role in the liberation of Nineveh. Othman told the National Iraqi News Agency that “the Peshmerga forces now control five regions at the outskirts of the city of Mosul and surrounding the city from the northern and eastern sides, while the Iraqi army resides in the southern areas of the city and specifically in Makhmour and Qayyarah Airport, therefore, the Iraqi and Kurdish parties need each other to eliminate Islamic State in Mosul. Othman made it clear that the post-IS in Mosul is a very important and dangerous, at the same time, so the central and regional governments should agree quickly on this stage, before the liberation of the city center, in order to avoid the occurrence of problems. ninanews.com | Ekurd.net

[size=13]Kurdistan’s election chief: logistics must be organized for independence vote[/size]
Erbil: With the referendum pending to transition the Kurdistan Region of Iraq into its own nation state, logistics must be organized in order for the vote to take place, according to Kurdistan’s top election commissioner. “Preparation for the election and the referendum is the same. You need to open polling stations everywhere, in every village, every district,” Hendren Mohammed Saleh, the High Commissioner of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), told Rudaw in an interview. “The referendum is much easier than the election process,” explained Saleh. “First, there is no political partisanship,” he said. “The referendum is supported by all of the Kurdish parties.” rudaw.net
[size=13]Massoud Barzani pledges to step up efforts to reach solution on teachers’ issues[/size]
Erbil: Massoud Barzani said he will intensify efforts to solve the issues of teachers in the Kurdistan Region, after the region’s educators warned they would resume protest if their requirements are not fulfilled. The Kurdistan Region’s Presidency released a statement on Sunday announcing Barzani received a delegation from the Kurdistan Teachers’ Union to discuss the issues educators are facing. “Barzani expressed full support for the teachers,” according to the statement, which added Barzani said he would step up efforts to come to a solution to the problems educators deal with. Ata Ahmad, the deputy head of the teachers’ union, told NRT Barzani promised in a meeting with teachers’ representatives to tackle overdue salaries before the start of the new academic year. “In the meeting we told Barzani about difficulties we are facing and told him that teachers are declaring resignation and cannot provide for their lives,” Ahmad said. nrttv.com


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