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Iraqi Kurdistan Opposition Boycotts Parliament

TEHRAN, April 20 (ICANA) – As anti-government protests rage on in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah - protests that have already claimed at least 8 civilian lives - the opposition parties have again walked out of parliament.4/20/2011 11:05:00 PM4/20/2011 11:05:00 PMIcana00http://media.icana.ir//image/2011/04/2474_orig.jpg Icana
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Iraqi Kurdistan Opposition Boycotts Parliament

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TEHRAN, April 20 (ICANA) – As anti-government protests rage on in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah - protests that have already claimed at least 8 civilian lives - the opposition parties have again walked out of parliament.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 11:06:47 PM
Iraqi Kurdistan Opposition Boycotts Parliament

An extraordinary session was called to give MPs an opportunity to question the current Minister of the Interior over how he has responded to the protests. Opposition MPs claimed that they were not given a chance to speak, and staged a mass walkout as ruling party MPs commended the Minister.

The most controversial example that opposition supporters cite, is that of the Law on Demonstrations, which made it illegal to protest without express government permission.

In an indication of how the unrest in Sulaymaniyah is affecting the confidence of the ruling party there, the PUK, regional Prime Minister Dr Barham Salih, wrote a letter to PUK leader and President of Iraq, Jalal Talabani, offering to tender his resignation. In the letter, leaked to the French press, Dr Salih complains of Mafia-like practices in his party being used against the press and protesters, and says that some of the leaders of the party are quote "unable to go on".

As tensions, combative rhertoric, and violent incidents continue to increase, the government and the opposition movement, seem more bipolarized than ever before.

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