Barzani remains in office after term expires

Kurdistan's president still wields power after Parliament failed to reduce his authority. But his term has formally ended and his legitimacy remains contested.
Barzani remains in office after term expires
KRG President Masoud Barzani and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters at the presidential compound in Erbil on June 24, 2014. (Photo credit: U.S. State Department)

ERBIL - Kurdish politicians are continuing negotiations to end a dispute over the legitimacy of Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani, whose term expired Thursday.

Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) says he remains in power, while political rivals argue that Parliament Speaker Youssif Mohammed should become acting president for an interim period before elections can be held.

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