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Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament Discusses Recent Unrest

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TEHRAN, March 6 (ICANA) – In the wake of region-wide protests, centered especially around Iraqi Kurdistan's second largest city of Sulaimaniyah, passionate debate continues in the regional parliament. For three nights running, the parliament has held extraordinary sessions lasting until 3 o' clock in the morning.
Sunday, March 06, 2011 7:02:41 PM
Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament Discusses Recent Unrest

Members from the major opposition party, Gorran, known in English as the Movement for Change, have been attacking the government for what they say is its lack of response to the protesters demands.

At least 8 demonstrators have been killed throughout the region. They are demanding reform, an end to corruption, and improvement in the provision of basic services.

Last week the Speaker of parliament announced a 17-point-plan that addressed many of the protesters concerns - including releasing those arrested, and ensuring the military stays away from peaceful demonstrators - but none of these points have yet been implemented.

Government figures say they sympathize with and support the demands of the protesters, but reject the manner in which they are demonstrating.

In an effort to quell protests, Iraqi Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani called for early election on Thursday saying the people should decide and give their opinion on the region's issues.

"Monday will mark the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Kurdish uprising in Sulaymaniyah against Saddam Hussein. Protesters have vowed to turn out in record numbers to voice their disapproval of the government."

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