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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  25.2.2010   

February 25, 2010 -  Sulaimaniyah, Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

Clashes between supporters of competing blocs in Sulaimaniyah

Sulaimaniyah: Clashes have erupted between supporters of different electoral blocs in Sulaimaniyah City, eyewitnesses said on Wednesday. “This evening, clashes broke out between hundreds of supporters who were carrying banners and flags for the Kurdistan Alliance (KA), the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Change Movement,” said a correspondent for Aswat al-Iraq news agency, who was at the site of the clashes. Nearly 40-50 civilian vehicles were damaged in the clashes, urging security forces to intervene and block off some main streets in the city, the correspondent noted. aswataliraq info

Cell Phone Company praises government for rescheduling debt

Sulaimaniyah: The cellular phone service company Asiacell praised the Iraqi government’s decision to reschedule the firm’s debt of $625 million over the coming five years. “The decision is correct,” Farouq Mala Mustafa, the company’s director general, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency on Wednesday. He said that his firm is committed to expanding and improving its services. aswataliraq info

Upcoming election conclusive – Kurd activist

Erbil: The upcoming parliamentary election in Iraq will be conclusive for all Iraqis, a Kurdish political activist said on Wednesday. “Iraqis now have enough understanding of the political process,” Dindar Zebari told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said that Iraqis will vote based on the electoral blocs’ political programs. “The winning electoral blocs will form the new Iraqi federal government that will deal with pending issues especially those related to U.S. presence in Iraq,” Zebari said. aswataliraq info

Al-Hayat: Kurdish Lists confirm “political interferences” in Kurdistan’s polling stations

Sulaimaniyah: The Change Movement, Islamic Group and the Kurdish Islamic Union (KIU) presented a memorandum to Iraq’s IHEC in Erbil, fearing “blatant interferences” in the appointment of questionable staff to monitor polling in Kurdistan. The chairman of the elections committee of the Islamic Group Mr. Zana Rostayi stated to al-Hayat that they received repeated and reliable information that the ruling party in Erbil and Duhok, referring to KDP, directly interferes to appoint supervisors on polling stations, a process that is paving the way for extensive frauds. He added that professional staffs, that are supposed monitor elections, are being excluded from the process and are replaced by employees from the ruling parties. He also pointed to meetings being held at party headquarters on this matter. Mr. Zana also said that professional staffs are being purged or marginalized; therefore, the three lists submitted a memorandum to the IHEC office in Erbil and demanded that rapid and effective measures to be taken to prevent the breach. Source: al-Hayat, February 23rd, 2010. By: Rami Nuri.

ICRC discusses projects in Erbil

Erbil: A delegation from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) held on Wednesday discussions with the local authorities in Erbil regarding humanitarian projects in the province. “The delegation stressed that underway projects should be finalized,” Nawzad Hadi, the Erbil governor, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said that the delegation promised to consider new health and water projects. aswataliraq info

Swedish Uni. delegation in Duhok

Duhok: A delegation comprised of students and academicians from the Swedish Lund University has visited the University of Duhok to get acquainted with the geography of the area, an informed source said on Thursday. “The visit of the delegation, which includes 13 students and academicians, will last eight days,” Dr. Nizar Numan told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The delegates will visit geographic sites and mountains in Duhok, in addition to Erbil’s Soran district, Numan pointed out. aswataliraq info

PUK’s HQ attacked, 2 guards wounded

Diyala, Iraq: Unknown gunmen on Wednesday attacked the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Diyala’s al-Saadiya district and injured two guards, according to a local security source. “The gunmen opened fire on the building, located in Diyala’s al-Saadiya district (35 km south of Khanaqin), wounding two security guards,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The PUK, led by President Jalal Talabani, is one of the major Kurdish parties in the Kurdistan region. Khanaqin lies 155 km northeast of Baaquba, the capital city of Diala, which is 57 km northeast of Baghdad. aswataliraq info
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