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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  31.8.2012   

August 31, 2012 -  Sulaimaniyah, Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

Kurdistan Parliament has the final word over constitution

Erbil: Kurdistan Parliament makes the final decision over amending or maintaining the current draft of the Kurdistan Region constitution as it is, declared chief of staff of Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani. This issue is directly related to the parliament not Kurdistan presidency, said Fuad Hussein. On June 24,2009 some 96 MPs of the total 111 voted to the 122-article constitution but the draft has never been put to public referendum. Hussein said once there was a parliamentary consensus over the draft but now there is a suggestion for amending some of its articles and responding to the suggestion is the responsibility of parliament. In 2009 the first Kurdistan opposition force, Gorran (Change) Movement, was formed and later three other parties, including two Islamic parties joint the new front. Since their establishment as the opposition, these parties call for amending the constitution's draft.

2 Peshmerga fighters injured as bomb goes off in Kirkuk

Kirkuk: Two Peshmerga fighters were wounded in a bomb blast in southern Kirkuk on Wednesday, a police source said. "The bomb exploded targeting a vehicle of the 2nd brigade of the Peshmerga forces while passing by Raas al-Damiz region, injuring two elements," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. "The exploded damaged the vehicle," he added. He did not provide additional details.

Barzani to meet Allawi, al-Sadr: source

Erbil: President of Iraq's Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani, will meet with Head of al-Iraqiya bloc, Iyad Allawi, and Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to discuss the political situation in the country, a well-informed political source from the Kurdistan Democratic Party said on Wednesday. "The meetings will be held soon after the return of President Jalal Talabani from his medical trip in Germany," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. Infighting among Iraq's Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish political blocs deepened after U.S. troops left the country in December, and the Shiite-led government sought the arrest of vice-president Tareq al-Hashemi, an Iraqiya member. Hashemi fled to Turkey, where he remains, denying Iraqi authorities' accusations that he ran a death squad. The delicate cross-sectarian agreement has been crippled by crisis since it was constituted after inconclusive elections. The Iraqiya bloc and other opponents of Maliki in government regularly accuse him of being a dictator and say the power-sharing agreement is a pretence. They recently failed in an attempt to organize a vote of no-confidence against him.

Talabani re-elected vice-president of Socialism International

Baghdad: Socialism International Organization re-elected today President Jalal Talabani as deputy vice-president for the second consecutive term. The news reported by the PUK website added that Talabani gained 75 votes in the conference currently being held in Cape Town, South Africa. Papandreou was elected head of the organization, while Louis Apala was elected as Secretary with 46 votes.

Kurdistan to build 5000 housing units: Ministry

Erbil: Kurdistan Construction Ministry disclosed that it will announce next week a project to build 5000 housing units in the three provinces of the region. The limited income families will be covered by the new project, as the ministry said. Media Director of the Ministry Farhank Mohammed Told Aswat al-Iraq that "this project is the first step in greater one for the coming years". More details of the project shall be disclosed next Tuesday, as he said. Minister of Construction Kameran Ahmed Abdulla announced on 15 May 2012 the intentions of the ministry to build 5000 housing units this year and distributed on the poor families in long term installments that will reach to 25 years. He added that the ministry is waiting the approval of the Kurdish Parliament for the project that will contribute to housing problem in the region.

Digging at 7,000 year-old hill of Erbil resumed

Erbil: The second season for exploration and digging in the 7,000-year-old Nadir Hill, 5km east of Erbil, began Tuesday, Erbil archeology director said. A joint team from Athens University and Erbil Archeological Directorate dug the archeological site last year and discovered hundreds of antiques and artifacts in the hill, said Haydar Hassan. Hassan said the Greek university has signed a contract for exploring the hill and resumed the exploration process at the hill two days ago. The official added the digging process this time lasts more than a month with the participation of 10 experts. There are more than 3,000 archeological sites in Kurdistan which date back to thousands of years ago. Archeological experts claim there are thousands more sites which are yet to be discovered or dug.

Suaimaniyah's int'l expo opened

Sulaimaniyah:  More than 195 companies from 24 countries on Thursday put their items on show in an international expo in Suli's Tasluja neighborhood. There are still two companies to join the expo which lasts four days, said Yasin Rahim, a member of Suli Commerce and Industry Chamber. Rahim said such expos will leave behind a good influence for the reconstruction of the Kurdistan Region and especially Suli as the companies transfer the expertise and experience of the other countries to the region and the local businessmen can seize the opportunity to sign deals with the companies. Earlier Nawa Izzat, legal chief of Suli Expos, had said that 60% of the companies are from Arab countries and the rest from the US, Europe and Eastern Asia. This is the second international expo held is Tasluja (19km west of Suli). Suli is expected to host another international expo for the construction and housing in September.

Jordan, Iraq's Kurdistan discusses judicial cooperation

Amman: Minister of Justice Khalifa Al-Sulaiman on Thursday discussed with a delegation from the Judicial Institute in Iraq's Kurdistan, means of boosting bilateral judicial cooperation. The delegation's visit aims to benefit from expertise of the Jordanian Judicial Institute in the field of development , rehabilitation and training of the judges as the institute enjoys rich and distinguished experience. Al-Sulaiman, briefed the delegation on accomplishments of the institute in training judges and simplifying work procedures in line with the strategy of developing the Jordanian judiciary adopted by the ministry. He explained that the institute had contributed to the establishment of judicial institutions in a number of Arab countries, expressing the institute's readiness to place its expertise at the service of Arab countries. The delegation expressed keenness of Iraq's Kurdistan to benefit from the Jordanian expertise in the legal and judicial fields as well as sustaining cooperation and coordination between the two sides.

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