Massud Barzani won another presidential term in Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan. Furthermore, The two main Kurdish parties, which ran on a joint parliamentary list, won 57 percent of the vote in this weekend’s elections.
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, on the second day of his visit to Iraq, has urged Baghdad to resolve its disputes with ethnic Kurds over oil-rich Kirkuk and other issues, before the scheduled 2012 US troop withdrawal deadline.
Iraqi authorities will release preliminary results from weekend elections in the automomous Kurdish region on Monday as the potentially challenging Goran (Change) opposition party claims it won more than a quarter of the region's parliamentary seats.
Iraq will arrest almost 1,000 officials in a corruption probe following the trade minister's resignation amid accusations of graft. The office of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (pictured) will assume the ministry's functions.
Russia and Iraq have agreed to work on restoring energy contracts worth $3.7 billion, signed before the Iraq invasion in 2003. The agreement comes after Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev met his Iraqi counterpart Nuri al-Maliki in Moscow.
Mohammed al-Daini, a Sunni MP from the National Dialogue Front, was formally accused Sunday of masterminding a 2007 suicide attack against the Iraqi government, in which eight people died and over 20 were wounded.
Politicians backed by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki came out ahead in all nine predominantly Shia provinces in provincial polls, though they will have to strike alliances to govern at local level, final results showed on Thursday.