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KRG parliament speaker: Barzani's term extension 'against the law'

Speaker of the Iraqi Kurdistan parliament Yousif Mohammed Sadiq, who is leading the opposition to the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s efforts to keep President Massoud Barzani in office, tells Al-Monitor that Barzani has lost his legitimacy.

ERBIL, Iraq — While Massoud Barzani continues his tasks as president of Iraqi Kurdistan, controversy rages over the fate of his office. The speaker of the Iraqi Kurdistan parliament, Yousif Mohammed Sadiq, says Barzani has lost legitimacy.

"We have been in a legal vacuum in the Kurdistan Region since Aug. 19 with regard to the issue of the presidency," Sadiq told Al-Monitor from his office in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region. Sadiq has been one of the key characters leading the opposition against the Kurdistan Democratic Party's (KDP) efforts to keep Barzani in office.

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