Massoud Barzani accused of nepotism for
naming his son head of Kurdistan National Security
Kurdistan president Massoud Barzani (R) named his
son Masrour Barzani (L) head of Kurdistan Security
Council, Masrour is also the
Opponents decry nepotism in Iraq's Kurdistan
National Security Council
director of Kurdistan
Intelligence agency (Parastin).
The president Massoud Barzani's nephew Nechirvan
Barzani (C) is already Kurdistan's prime minister.•
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Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — The leader of Iraq's
autonomous Kurdistan region was accused of nepotism
and sharply criticised Tuesday for
his son head of the region's new
national security council.
The organisation, which was set up on Sunday and
awarded a budget of $265 million, will oversee and
coordinate security and the intelligence agencies in
the Kurdish region's three provinces.
Kurdistan president Massoud Barzani named his son
Masrour head of the council, with the younger
Barzani to have a cabinet rank. The president's
nephew Nechirvan Barzani is already Kurdistan's
"Massoud Barzani is preparing to establish a
dictatorial regime of the same type that recently
fell in our region,"
Shaho Saeed, a Kurdish MP from the opposition Gorran
Asos Hardi, a journalist who founded two of the
region's three biggest independent newspapers,
voiced concern over the "strengthening of family
control over the conduct of affairs in Kurdistan."
And Bilal Sulaiman, a Kurdish MP with the Jamaa
Islamiya party, complained that the council was
created "to protect the interests of the two
parties," referring to Barzani's Kurdistan
Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of
Kurdistan of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
Iraq's Kurdish region is made up of three provinces
in the country's north. It enjoys wide ranging
autonomy on most issues, has its own parliament,www.ekurd.net
and its own government.
In recent months the region has been at loggerheads
with the central government in Baghdad over a
variety of issues ranging from oil exports to
Kurdistan's sheltering of fugitive Vice President
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