A picture taken on February 3, 2016, shows the Kurdish flag flying over the Arbil Citadel, in the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. / AFP / SAFIN HAMED
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Iraq's Kurdish region has announced it will pay only partial salaries to all government employees except security personnel as it struggles with an economic crisis due to low oil prices.The new measures will affect higher salaries more than lower, it said.Salaries for some Kurdish government employees have fallen months in arrears, and some have gone on strike to protest unpaid wages.The announcement about salaries came after Barzani, who has remained in power despite the expiration of his term as president, called for a referendum on independence.
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