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    New York Times reports ex-guerilla Barzani is savoring his victory

    Hürriyet Haber
    03.09.2005 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    The New York Times reported that ex-guerilla leader Mesut Barzani was "savoring his most recent victory", by pretty much securing the rights to a continuation of the autonomy Kurds have become accustomed to over the years, which under the new Iraq constitution will be formalized as part of the new landscape of Iraqi politics. The Times even went as far as to call it "autonomy that approach those of a sovereign state". Leader of the Kurdish Democratic Party, Barzani, who was a "warlord" when he was young as stated in the article, was quoted as saying, "Let me tell you, politics is much more difficult than war," the leader of the Kurdish Democratic Party, who was a warlord when he was younger. "In politics, there are so many more fronts." "The new Iraqi constitution, which is due to be voted on October. 15, grants the Kurds vast lawmaking powers, control over their 60,000-man militia, and authority over new discoveries of oil and gas. The Kurds even secured a deadline of Dec. 31, 2007, for bringing back tens of thousands of Kurds expelled by the armies of Saddam Hussein in the 1980's," reported the Times. "The constitution limits the exclusive powers of the central government in Baghdad to a few important areas like control over currency, foreign policy and defense. Policy making in areas like health care and the environment would be "shared" between the Kurds and Baghdad, but the Kurds would have the right to change most federal laws if they conflicted with local legislation. That includes federal taxes." "The new constitution would ratify all laws passed by the Kurdish regional government since 1992."
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