Iraqi Kurdistan profile

July 3, 2014 12:21 PM

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Iraqi Kurdistan profile

The regional parliament chose veteran Kurdistan Democratic Party leader Massoud Barzani as the first president of the Kurdistan Region in 2005 for a four-year term. He went on to win a presidential election in 2009.

The previous presidential election in 1992 produced such a close result between Mr Barzani and Jalal Talabani of the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan that the two parties agreed to form a joint presidential council.

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