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President of Iraq's Kurdish Region Resigns

President of Iraq's Kurdish Region Resigns

Johnson welcomed the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani's decision not to extend his term, adding the choice offers "a new generation of Kurds" to lead Kurdistan.

In an exclusive interview with The Independent, Mr Abadi signalled that Baghdad would press home its advantage after taking back control of territories that had been disputed with the Kurds.

"You should therefore meet at your earliest convenience to ensure there is no legal vacuum in the execution of the duties and powers of the president of the region", said Barzani in a letter he submitted to parliament before his address, according to a copy released online.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is calling for calm and respect for the law after Barzani's announcement.

As the Kurdish regional parliament was discussing Barzani's request to have his powers dissolved, dozens of his supporters rioted outside, apparently angry over the developments and trying to express their support for him. A Kurdish official said Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, that Barzani, has informed parliament that he'll not stay in office as his term expires November 1 in the wake of a controversial vote on independence from Iraq.

And the suspension of the presidency, said Zaid Ali, author of "The Struggle for Iraq's Future", has created an impossible task for Kurdish lawmakers. This decision represents an act of statesmanship during a hard period.

Two killed in campus shooting at university in Louisiana
The campus police have also reportedly been cooperating with the local sheriff's office on the shooting probe. The campus was not placed on lockdown, and classes continued as normal for Grambling's roughly 5,000 students.

James Jeffery is with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a former diplomat.

It came as Rudaw on Monday accused Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitaries who are operating alongside government forces of killing a Kurdish journalist, Arkan Sharif, in Kirkuk province.

Downcast, the long-time Kurdish leader blamed the central government in Baghdad for the regional crisis that followed the independence vote.

Kurdish president Masoud Barzani gives a televised speech in Erbil, announcing his intention to step down, on October 29, 2017.

Tehran had closed its borders with Iraq's Kurdistan region after it voted for independence in a referendum on September 25.

The Iraqi military and the Kurdish minority had been clashing for several weeks in mostly low-level firefights until Friday, when they agreed to a cease-fire, and Kurdish forces abandoned the land they held, largely without resistance.

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