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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  11.9.2012 
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September 11, 2012 -  Sulaimaniyah, Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

DNO finds oil in Iraq's Kurdistan region

Oslo: Norwegian oil firm DNO has found oil in Iraq's Kurdistan region in the Bekhme formation at a depth of around 2,000 meters, it said in a statement on Tuesday. It added that further testing on the Benenan-3 well was required to assess the discovery. Reuters

Allawi leaves for Erbil to meet Barzani

Baghdad: Sources from al-Iraqiya Bloc announced today that Iyad Allawi will leave for Kurdistan today to meet with Kurdish President Massoud Barzani. The trip is to discuss the current political situation, particularly following the death sentence issued against vice-president Tariq al-Hashimi, the source told Aswat al-Iraq. No other details were given. aswataliraq.info

Kurds try to overpass central government's rights, Iraqi MP

Baghdad: State of Law MP Shakir al-Daraji stated that the difference between the central government and the Kurdish region is the violation of the latter of the constitution over the first's authorizations. Daraji added that "there is no problem of trust between the two sides, but the Kurdish region tries to overpass the authorities given by the constitution to the central government. He specified the overpass as connected with Newroztel, which has foreign affiliations, in addition to oil contracts, oil smuggling, arming Peshmerga and the disputes on implementing Article 140 of the constitution. Daraji called to resort to the constitution to solve all differences, not political reconciliations. aswataliraq.info

The 2013 budget will be sent to Kurdistan parliament next month

Erbil: Kurdistan Region's Council of Ministers has decided to send the Region's budget for the Fiscal Year 2013 to Parliament in the middle of October. The decision came in the Council’s 13th session on Sunday following preparations by the Ministries of planning, finance and economy. The Council also ordered the ministries to establish more transparent links with the public by dedicating a day in the week to hear from people. The Ministry of Municipality already has applied this program, the Council announced. Also, a decision was made about the setting up of a complaint box in the ministries where people could send criticisms, suggestions, and request. aknews.com

Restored Article 140 political deal contravenes with constitution

Baghdad: Independent MP confirmed on Moday that the restoration of Article 140 of the constitution on the disputed areas was done by "a political deal" which is "in violation of the constitution". In a statement issued Monday, that the formation of a new committee on Article 140 was done by "a political deal between the conferees in Najaf and Erbil meetings". Iraqiya bloc, the Kurdish Alliance and the Sadrist Ahrar bloc held a series of meetings in Arbil (28 April, 2012), Najaf (19 May 2012) and Arbil (28 May, 2012) during their attempts to withdraw confidence from Premier Nouri al-Maliki. The attempt did not succeed for many reasons, including the non-approval of President Jalal Talabani, not having enough votes and the change in Sadrist stand towards reforms. Sayadi added that the work of the committee will be "in violation of the constitution and the law", according to the statement. aswataliraq.info

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