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Barzani Presses for Referendum On Iraqi Kurdistan Constitution

Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani still faces considerable opposition to putting the draft constitution to a referendum.
An Iraqi Kurdish resident casts his ballot at a box during the regional parliament elections of the Kurdistan region in Baghdad July 25, 2009. Iraqi Kurds voted on Saturday in elections expected to keep Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani in power but unlikely to erase voter concerns about corruption or end a bitter feud with Baghdad over land and oil.  REUTERS/Saad Shalash (IRAQ ELECTIONS POLITICS) - RTR260ZV
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Massoud Barzani, president of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, recently intensified his efforts to put the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s draft constitution to a referendum. It is clear he is committed to making this happen, regardless of objections by the Kurdish opposition in the Parliament seeking to amend the draft before the referendum.

Over the past few days, Barzani has held meetings and discussions in his headquarters in Erbil with Kurdish political parties, with the exception of the opposition powers: the Movement for Change, the Kurdistan Islamic Union and the Islamic Group of Kurdistan.

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