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Masoud Barzani, the head of the KDP, was the president of the Kurdistan Region and commander-in-chief of the Peshmerga until resigning on ... later on be submitted to Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, who was granted command of the Peshmerga by parliament following Masoud Barzani's resignation.
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) - Former President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani on Tuesday congratulated the Yezidis (Ezidis) on the eve of their New Year, also known as Charsama Sor or "Red Wednesday." In an address welcoming the Ezidi New Year, Barzani extended his warm greetings to all those celebrating ...

PM Barzani received the biggest round of applause when he said that the party is united under the single leadership of Masoud Barzani, president of the ... He praised the leadership of Masoud Barzani, the former president of the Kurdistan Region, and his role in the formation of the new Iraq ...
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) - The political process in Iraq and the current developments in the region led the talks between former Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri in Erbil on Sunday. The two sides discussed the developments of the Iraqi ... Baghdad elections
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) - Former Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Saturday reiterated his call to resolve all issues facing the Kurdish people through peaceful means following his meeting with a high-level delegation of Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP). According to ...
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The delegation of the pro-Kurdish HDP party headed by the party's co-chair Pervin Buldan are in a meeting with Masoud Barzani, the KDP head. They are scheduled to meet with the KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani later on in the day. The People's Democratic Party is on a three-day visit ...

... the funeral of Dilovan Barzani, twin brother of Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. Dilovan, who was widely seen as the PM's social affairs representative, died at the age of 51 from a heart attack on Monday. Masoud Barzani, Dilovan's uncle and the head of the Kurdistan Democratic ...
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region -- Masoud Barzani sent a message of gratitude to all those who shared their condolences and expressed sorrow after the loss of late Dilovan Barzani, his nephew, and the twin brother of ... Masoud Barzani is the head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and former president of the Kurdistan Region.
"It is with a deep sorrow, in the morning of Monday, April 2, 2018, Dilovan Idris Barzani, the son of Idris Barzani, died of a heart attack," stated Masoud Barzani. Masoud Barzani is the brother of the late Idris Barzani. "While I am announcing this sad news, I ask God for him to rest in peace and grant ... Kurdish
When Masoud Barzani in Iraqi Kurdistan declared the holding of an independence referendum, Saudi Arabia decided to up its stakes behind the Kurds. While Riyadh publicly urged for the maintenance of Iraqi unity, behind the scenes a series of emissaries encouraged Barzani in his project to split the Iraqi ... Kurdish
However, even if they had stayed and attempted to vote it down, they would have failed because the general Iraqi political consensus is that the Kurds ought to be punished for the referendum called by former KRG President Masoud Barzani, who effectively terminated his political career with the move and ... Kurdish
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Former President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani on Saturday extended his wishes to the Christians in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq who are celebrating Easter. “I extend my warm greetings and congratulations to our Christian brothers and sisters in the Kurdistan Region ... Kurdish
In an interview outside his home village on Tuesday, Masoud Barzani, the former president of the Iraqi Kurdish region and still a central political figure, struck his own note of conciliation and hailed this week's agreement as a “breakthrough.” “It is important to find a new formula for our mutual benefit, so that ... Kurdish
File photo shows former Kurdish President Masoud Barzani during a rally in support of the Kurdish referendum held on September 25, 2017. ... ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Former KRG president Masoud Barzani welcomed improved relations between Erbil and Baghdad in his Newroz message while ... Kurdish
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The Halabja massacre was carried out by the state of Iraq and is therefore responsible for reparations owed to victims of the atrocity it executed, former Kurdistan Region President, Masoud Barzani, said on Friday. Marking the 30th anniversary of the Halabja ... Kurdish
Mustafa Barzani was the father of the former Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. His legacy is considered “immortal” by Kurds due to his contribution to the Kurdish struggle during his lifetime. He is also founded the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), currently the largest party in the Kurdistan ... Kurdish
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) - Former President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani said that re-opening Kurdistan airports a good step, but issues between Erbil and Baghdad cannot be "summarized" merely through airport and budget matters. "The lifting of the flight ban on the Kurdistan Region is a good ... Kurdish

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The Iraqi government continues to break agreements as well as deny the rights of the people of Kurdistan, former Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stated on Saturday. In a statement to mark the 48th anniversary of the “March 11 Agreement” between Iraq and the ... Kurdish
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Former Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Sunday said Kurds should realize their rights will not be granted but must be taken amid a controversial budget bill passed by the Iraqi Parliament which contains an unfair allocation for Kurdistan. Kurdish
Turkey had established a peaceful and cooperative relationship with former Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani in northern Iraq at the same time. It had also implemented many substantial reforms within Turkey for the democratic demands of its Kurdish citizens. Certainly ... Kurdish
The ICG report accused Masoud Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) of treating Yazidis “as second-class Kurds.” The KDP “barely disguised its ambition… to annex Sinjar” to the Kurdistan Regional Government, said the report. Iraq ranked 169 out of 180 in Transparency International's 2017 ... Kurdish
The decision was made in Erbil with Masoud Barzani, former President of the Kurdistan Region, attending the meeting, Kirkuki told Kurdistan 24. “In addition to the main road, other routes connecting Erbil to Kirkuk would also re-open,” he added. Kirkuki, a Peshmerga Commander who was previously in charge of protecting ... Kurdish
Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), led by Masoud Barzani, garnered 25 seats in the Iraqi parliament in the last general election and 38 seats in KRG's parliament. The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan has been considered as the strongest party after KDP since it secured 21 seats in Baghdad. Some claim the ... Kurdish
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Former Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani discussed the latest developments in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin with the leadership council members of the Syrian Kurdish National Council (ENKS) party on Wednesday in Erbil. Topics of conversation ... Kurdish
In a statement issued on Wednesday following a meeting with Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) members in Erbil, Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said Kurds have dealt with successive central governments since the creation of Iraq in the 1920s which have continuously disregarded the minority's concerns, rights, and ... Kurdish
In the congress, Masoud Barzani was reelected leader and Nechirvan Barzani as his deputy. “There is certainly no rivalry within the KDP ... He claimed that “all KDP members starting from Khanaqin to Zakho agree that Masoud Barzani should be the party's leader. There is no disagreement on this subject.” Kurdish
It's owned by Sirwan Barzani, the nephew of Kurdish Regional Government leader Masoud Barzani, and every Friday is now race day. Many of the horses are owned by local businessmen. Betting on them has not yet started, but it's the plan. The track opened late last year. Originally something of a novelty, ... Kurdish
Hisham Rakabi, head of Maliki's press office, on Sunday denied any special connection between the Coalition and KDP leader Masoud Barzani, who stepped down as the ... Bayati has also claimed that Arab countries on the Gulf want to support the KDP to return Masoud Barzani to the arena with power. Kurdish
Iraqi PM says agreed on 'roadmap' with Erbil to resolve controversial issues. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi addresses the media during a joint news conference with former Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani in Erbil, April 6, 2015. (Photo: Reuters/Azad Lashkari). Iraq Erbil Baghdad Relations Kurdistan. A+ A A-. Kurdish
For example, when Masoud Barzani was Kurdistan's president he was officially commander-in-chief of all of Kurdistan's Peshmerga forces but in reality his command only applied to the KDP Peshmerga in Erbil and Duhok. (Barzani sought to place the Peshmerga "under a single, unified command" in ... Kurdish
Wednesday was the 31st anniversary of the death of Idris Barzani, the brother of former President Masoud Barzani and father of Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. He died of a heart attack at the age of 43. Idris Barzani is remembered as a humble man who helped to broker an agreement between the ... Kurdish
A Gulf state is working to reinstate former Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani, the New Khaleej reported a member of parliament close to Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi saying yesterday. MP of State of Law Coalition Jasim Mohamed Jaafar Al-Bayati said that this state had allocated large sums of money ... Kurdish
WASHINGTON DC, United States (Kurdistan 24) – Masoud Barzani, former President of the Kurdistan Region, affirmed that he has no regrets about the Kurdistan independence referendum. Barzani told the BBC “I have said it before, and I will say it again, I don't regret it.” “I don't regret the vote of 3 million people, and the ... Kurdish
The former President of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, previously took part in the event alongside the world's leading figures. In 2017, President Barzani attended the forum and met with then US Vice-President Joe Biden and Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, among other officials. Kurdish
It is the first time that Barzani attends the forum. The former President of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, previously participated in the event. In 2017, President Barzani attended the forum and met with then US Vice-President Joe Biden and Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende along with many other officials. Kurdish
... Aleppo through the eyes of two members of The White Helmets, a volunteer civil defence group. Rudaw Media Network will also be in Davos to provide on-the-ground coverage. In 2017, then Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani spoke at a Davos panel entitled 'Syria and Iraq: Ending the Conflict. Kurdish
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Former President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani on Monday expressed his deep concerns regarding the military assault on the Kurdish-held city of Afrin in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) and called for an immediate ceasefire. “Very concerned about the ... Kurdish
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Senior Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani on Thursday said the Kurdistan Region would do its best to end the ongoing Arabization campaign against Kurds in Kirkuk and other disputed areas. During a meeting with dignitaries and residents of the Sargaran area near Kirkuk, former ... Kurdish
Former Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani expressed in July 2017 that the failure to form the Federal Council whose mission should have been to regulate between Baghdad and the regional government is an attempt to isolate the Kurdish government on a diplomatic level. The ruling also points ... Kurdish
Prior to the referendum, Iran extended an invitation to Masoud Barzani, who was then president of the Kurdistan Region, to visit Tehran. Barzani turned down the invitation. Barzani has had several invitations to Tehran. A former Patriotic Union of Kurdistan politburo member Faraydun Abdulqadir revealed in ... Kurdish
Masoud Barzani, the president of the Iraqi Kurdistan region, extended the vote to areas known as the disputed territories — borderlands between Kurdish and Arab Iraq that are claimed by both sides and prized for their oil. The Baghdad government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi objected in particular to ... Kurdish
Mr. President [Masoud Barzani] called on the parliament in 2014 to form a high committee for referendum and elections. The parliament then approved the request and other parties discussed it too. In light of failure to reach an agreement and the Iraqi government's lack of readiness to grant inalienable ... Kurdish
This undermined the Kurds' hope of creating a viable independent state, forcing Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani to show conciliatory signals, including freezing the outcome of the referendum. But Abadi said Baghdad will accept only cancelation of the controversial vote before any negotiation between the ... Kurdish
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Former Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Monday wished Christians a Merry Christmas and said it was unfortunate they were forcibly displaced once again after October's offensive by the Iranian-backed Shia Hashd al-Shaabi militias in the Nineveh Plains. Kurdish
The question that follows is: why did former KRG President Masoud Barzani hold a referendum vote despite immense pressure not to do so? The decision, and the current destabilized situation in the KRG that resulted, was made possible by a series of miscalculations, both within the KRI and without. Kurdish
The main point of contention between them was the term of then President Masoud Barzani. The KRG has asked all Gorran ministers to rejoin the cabinet, but the party has not made any final decision yet. The party's parliamentary faction returned to the parliament in late October after Barzani announced ... Kurdish
The KRSC counter-terrorism forces' pledge came on the sidelines of a visit by former Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, who praised them for ... President Masoud Barzani during a meeting with officials from the Kurdistan Region Security Council's (KRSC) Counter-Terrorism Department, Dec. Kurdish
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Former Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Iraqi Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi on Thursday discussed relations between Erbil and Baghdad, including the need to begin a dialogue. During his visit to Erbil, Nujaifi and Kurdish leader Barzani addressed the current ... Kurdish
Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani on Sunday said he would step down as president of the automous region, after a controversial independence referendum backfired. "After November 1, I will no longer exercise my functions, and I reject any extension of my mandate," the 71-year-old Barzani said a letter ... Kurdish
Just over a month since Iraq's Kurdish north voted to declare independence, setting in motion a disastrous series of events for the region, Kurdish President Masoud Barzani has told local lawmakers he intends to step down. "I refuse to continue in the position of president of the region after November 1," ... Kurdish


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