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Ruling Party Finishes First in Iraqi Kurdistan Election

FILE - Former Iraqi Kurdistan region President Masoud Barzani casts his vote during parliamentary elections in the semiautonomous region, on the outskirts of Irbil, Iraq, Sept. 30, 2018.

The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) came first in a parliamentary election in the semiautonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq, winning 45 seats, the election commission said on Sunday.

Its historic rival and junior coalition partner in government, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), was in second place with 21 seats, the Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission said in a news conference.

The election took place on Sept. 30 but results were delayed due to the commission receiving and investigating over 1,000 complaints of electoral violations.