SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ) : Three opposition parties say ‘no’ to Barzani

Kurdistan Tribune – 11.4.2013 – President Barzani, due to retire in July. All three main opposition parties in the Kurdistan Region have agreed to refuse to support an extension to Masud Barzani’s presidency.

This decision was made today at a summit meeting of the Gorran party, the Islamic Union and the Islamic Group. The ruling parties are trying to change the rules, according to which Barzani should stand down in July after completing two terms and there should be fresh presidential elections. Abubakir Karwani, the opposition coordination committee member, told Awena newspaper that: “We refused to extend his period of presidency because that is against the law for the presidency in Kurdistan”.