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Iraqi Kurds Urge Ouster of President Barzani

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TEHRAN, March 12 (ICANA) – Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Iraq's semi-autonomous northern Kurdish zone demanding the ouster of the President Massoud Barzani.
Saturday, March 12, 2011 10:16:13 AM
Iraqi Kurds Urge Ouster of President Barzani

As 4,000 people were protesting in Sulaymanieh on Friday, one of the protesters tried to set himself on fire, but was held back by other demonstrators, UPI reported.

The protesters, angry over corruption and rising unemployment, called for the ouster of the Kurdistan Regional Government of (KRG) President Barzani.

But Barzani later described the protests as a minority with illegal demands.

The demonstrations came after KRG reported Thursday that the government has survived a vote of no-confidence from members of the regional parliament.

"At its sixth emergency session in two weeks, the parliament rejected a vote of no-confidence in the current government by a majority of 67 to 28, in the 111-seat chamber," the KRG statement read.

Human Rights Watch said it documented accounts of masked men attacking protesters during the unrest in the Kurdish province of Sulaymanieh.

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