FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2018 file photo, an Iraqi Kurd casts his ballot during parliamentary elections in Irbil, Iraq. (AP Photo/Salar Salim, File)
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The dominant party in Iraq's Kurdistan has secured the most seats in the autonomous region's Parliament, despite its leader Massoud Barzani having championed an ill-fated independence referendum last year, the local electoral commission said Sunday. Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party won 45 of 111 seats in the Sept. 30 elections, up from 38 at the last polls in 2013, according to the final results that were announced by the commission.However, the Iraqi Kurdish presidency has been left vacant since Barzani stepped down following the failed independence referendum.But he still has clout in Iraq, with the KDP winning 25 seats in nationwide parliamentary elections in May.
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