Iraq’s Kurdish parliament extends leader’s term

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — A Kurdish official says the parliament of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region has voted to extend the current term of the region’s leader by two years.

Regional parliament spokesman Tareq Juhar says a majority of the lawmakers voted to keep Massoud Barzani as the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government through August 2015.

Two months ago, the KRG government announced that new parliamentary and presidential elections would be held Sept. 21.

Sunday’s parliamentary vote means the presidential election won’t be held until 2015.

Kurdish opposition leaders rejected the extension and threatened to hold protests.

Barzani is the head of Democratic Party of Kurdistan that has joined forces with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan to rule the oil-rich region.

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