Iraq's Kurdish region postpones elections

Iraq's Kurdish region postpones elections

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19 October, 2017
The Kurdish region's elections commission announced on Wednesday the postponement of elections for parliament and president for the autonomous region.
Last month's independence referendum angered Iraq's central government [AFP]
Iraqi Kurdish officials announced on Wednesday the postponement of elections for parliament and president for the autonomous region in the wake of the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from disputed regions across northern and eastern Iraq, Kurdish media reported.

The Kurdish region's elections commission announced it will postpone the elections originally slated for November 1, the news agency Kurdistan 24 said.

It said the regional parliament would pick a new date.

Kurdish regional president Masoud Barzani and his Kurdistan Democratic Party are in a delicate position after spearheading last month's independence referendum.

The vote angered Iraq's central government, which has since seized control over the city of Kirkuk and other disputed areas long coveted by the Kurds.

The elections commission also said there were not enough candidates to proceed with the polls.