Election unlikely to bring Kurd-Baghdad breakthrough

The issues that have divided Baghdad and the Kurdish region of Iraq will be awaiting the new government after March 7 national elections.

ERBIL, IRAQ - The agenda that has splintered relationships between Iraq's central and Kurdish regional governments before the March 7 national election is the same as it was four years ago.

Governance of disputed territories, including oil-rich Kirkuk, has not been resolved. There are annual fights over revenue and the funding for the Pesherga, the Kurdistan Regional Government's security forces.

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