Polls open in Iraqi Kurdistan for regional election

A year after a failed bid for independence


Reuters September 30, 2018
Kurdish employees prepare at a polling station, during parliamentary elections in the semi-autonomous region in Erbil, Iraq September 30, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

ERBIL, IRAQ: Kurds began voting in a parliamentary election in their semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq on Sunday, a year after a failed bid for independence.

With opposition parties weak, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are likely to extend their almost three decades of sharing power.

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Despite deep discontent and divisions, there appears to be little prospect of a major political shakeup as the region grapples with the fallout from the controversial poll last September.

The vote last year saw more than 92% of Kurds back secession, but the federal government rejected that as ‘illegal’.

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