- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 29, 2009

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq’s election commission says regional President Massoud Barzani and the two ruling parties won majorities in Kurdish elections, but the opposition had a strong showing.

The election results announced Wednesday in Irbil confirmed the continued dominance of Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party and Iraqi Vice President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.

But the commission says the opposition “Change” party made a strong showing in Saturday’s vote for the northern self-ruled region’s president and 111-seat parliament.

The “Change” party is at the heart of a push for reform in a bid to shake up the political establishment in Iraq’s three Kurdish-ruled provinces.

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