Q&A: Handren Mohammed, Kurdistan’s election chief

The head of Kurdistan's elections and referendum commission discusses its arm's length relationship with Baghdad, and the extent of its mandate in disputed Kirkuk.
Q&A: Handren Mohammed, Kurdistan’s election chief
Handren Mohammed, the head of the Kurdistan Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission, in his Erbil office. (RAWAZ TAHIR/Iraq Oil Report)

Discussion of independence by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) leaders may be an annual event, but there is reason to take their rhetoric more seriously this year. A senior delegation from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Party (PUK) arrived for political talks in Baghdad on Wednesday, and another senior delegation is expected as early as next week. The topics to be discussed, senior Kurdistan and party officials have told Iraq Oil Report: the inter...

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