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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  21.6.2012   

June 21, 2012 -  Sulaimaniyah, Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

Lebanese Mediterranean Bank opens in Erbil

Erbil: Lebanon's Mediterranean Bank has opened a new branch in Erbil. The bank opened its branch following a ceremony attended by many foreign and local companies along with Minister of Interior Karim Sinjari and head of Kurdistan's Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dara Jalil Khaya. Mediterranean Bank has branches in many countries and just recently opened a new branch in Baghdad.

Barzani's Chief of Staff: There are enough signatures to withdraw confidence from PM

Erbil: Some 172 MPs have voted to withdraw confidence from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, said chief of staff of Kurdistan presidential office, Kurdish Erbil newspaper published Thursday. There are actually 172 signatures and two are yet to be made, Fuad Hussein said. This number does not include the signatures of Gorran Movement (a Kurdish opposition group with eight seats) and a Christian party, Hussein said without naming the party. The official said that this number of MPs has signed to replace Maliki "but if inside the House of Representatives they change their mind, this is something else." As for the prospect of a meeting between Maliki and Kurdistan's President Massoud Barzani, Hussein said that through many personalities Iraqi PM sends messages to Barzani that he will enforce his promises and asks for meeting with Barzani. "But I don't think that there will be a meeting between Kurdistan's president and Maliki," Hussein

Kobler visits Syrian immigrants' camp in Kurdistan region

Duhok: UN representative to Iraq Marin Kobler visited Wednesday Domeiz Camp where Syrian refugees are dwelling. The camp is situation in Duhok province, Kurdistan region. During the visit, Kobler made the visit on the International Day for Refugees. The United Nations sources said that the camp's residents reached till 19 June instant to 1780 refugees, including 1400 comprising 250 families. Kobler declared that the residents of Domeiz camp were supplied with the basic needs, particularly for children. He confirmed that the United Nations will continue its support. According to UN refugees Organization and Immigrants Department in Kurdistan, about 6000 person were registered in the region, where it is expected that about 1000 refugees will arrive monthly.

Kurdistan parliament needs 10 more days to approve budget

Erbil: Members of the Kurdistan Region's parliament have been debating the region's 2012 budget for nine days now and will probably need 10 more days to finalize the process. MP Bashir Haddad said MPs have been discussing reports from both the Ministry of Finance and Economy and the parliamentary economic committee over the last nine days and many suggestions have been added to the budget bill. Haddad added: "Both reports have been read and the ministers of finance and planning answered the comments and suggestions but parliament needs more time to approve the 2012 budget." The ministries of education, health, interior, finance and electricity will all have big stakes in the 2012 budget, said Haddad.

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