Arabic | Kurdish




Iraqi parliament votes against Kurdistan independence referendum – reports

2017/09/12 | 17:25

(Iraq Now News)-

The Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum set to be held on September 25 has reportedly been rejected by the country’s parliament.

The Iraqi parliament voted against the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum planned by local authorities later in the month, Sky News Arabia reported on Tuesday.

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim Jabouri said that the results of the vote in the parliament confirm the intention of the lawmakers to keep the country united.

The speaker voiced hope that the vote would oblige the country’s Prime Minister Haider Abadi to exert maximum efforts to maintain the country’s territorial integrity and to start a dialogue to settle the issues existing in relations between the central government and Kurdistan.

Kurdish lawmakers left the session focusing on the referendum and did not participate in the vote.

In June, Masoud Barzani, the president of the Iraqi Kurdistan, set September 25 as the date for an independence referendum.

The announced referendum has been widely criticized by a number of countries, including Russia, Iran and the United States.

While Moscow voiced support for Iraq’s unity and territorial integrity, Washington reportedly asked Iraqi Kurdistan’s President Masoud Barzani to postpone holding the region’s independence referendum.

In 2005, the Iraqi Constitution recognized Kurdistan as an autonomous region that was run by the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Since then, Kurdistan’s authorities have repeatedly raised the issue of independence.

Source: Sputnik

Share this article:

ALSO READ  Israeli Minister of Justice: "Independence of Kurdistan benefits West, Israel"

Note: The post (Iraqi parliament votes against Kurdistan independence referendum – reports) appeared first on (Al Masdar News) and do not necessarily reflect the position of IraqNow.news.
You can read the original text from the source (Al Masdar News).










Trending Now


⋙ Israeli army raids West Bank Palestinian camp after soldier death

⋙ WATCH: Fire breaks out in Kirkuk clothing market, bystandards rush to help

⋙ Bahrain sees 'no glimmer of hope' for ending Qatar crisis soon

⋙ Five months later Kakais see video of relatives executed by ISIS in Kirkuk

⋙ US House approves sanctions on two Iraqi militias linked to Iran

Videos - Photos

⋙ Five months later Kakais see video of relatives executed by ISIS in Kirkuk

⋙ VIDEO: Armed men torture Afrin civilians in public

⋙ Turkish Army quietly carries out military operation in northern Iraq (photos)


ISIS News

⋙ Five months later Kakais see video of relatives executed by ISIS in Kirkuk

⋙ VIDEO: Armed men torture Afrin civilians in public

⋙ Bahrain sees 'no glimmer of hope' for ending Qatar crisis soon

⋙ Five months later Kakais see video of relatives executed by ISIS in Kirkuk

⋙ Bahrain sees ‘no glimmer of hope’ for ending Qatar crisis soon

⋙ 19 ISIS terrorists killed in Afghanistan

⋙ ISIS executed two Shiite men while visiting Iraq for pilgrimage