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A small victory occurred for both women and Christians in Iraq last week. Alqosh, a small town in the Nineveh Plain, elected its first female Christian mayor, Lara Yussif Zara. This election makes Zara the second female mayor in Iraq after Zekra Alwach was elected in 2015. Zara is a Catholic who finished economics and management courses in 2006. While the town is mostly made up of Christians, the dominant issue in this village is whether or not to support Kurdistan’s government’s efforts of independence. While that issue remains unanswered, it is encouraging to see a female and a Christian be elected to an official position.        

08/07/2017 Iraq (Christian Daily) – The small town of Alqosh in Iraq’s Nineveh Plain has elected its first female Christian mayor on July 27, making her the country’s second female mayor after Zekra Alwach was elected by Baghdad in 2015.

Lara Yussif Zara, a Catholic who finished economics and management course in 2006, replaced Chaldean Christian mayor Abdul Micha after the latter was ousted over corruption charges. Alqosh’s municipal council voted for her in a unanimous decision on Thursday, the Catholic Herald detailed.

Alqosh is mostly made up of Christians, but the small Iraqi town is brewing with tensions on whether minorities should support the Iraqi Kurdistan government’s efforts for independence. The public is hoping that Zara may succeed in uniting the community in its decision over the issue.

 

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