Iraq: Iraqi parliament rejects Kurdish referendum

The Iraqi parliament voted in Baghdad on Tuesday against the planned independence referendum by Kurdistan, citing it as «an act against the constitution» and a «threat to the unity of Iraq.» «The Iraqi Parliament has decided the following; rejecting the referendum that is set to take place within and outside the borders of Kurdistan and the contested territories, including Kirkuk, and assigning... Еще the responsible authorities to take the necessary measures to cancel [the referendum],» Parliament speaker Salim al-Jabouri said. Al-Jabouri went on to add that «We consider the referendum that is set to take place in Kurdistan an act against the constitution and lacks legal implications and a threat to the unity of Iraq.» On September 25, Iraqi Kurds are scheduled to vote on whether to secede from the rest of Iraq. Later on Tuesday President of Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani stated that the Kurdish independence referendum will be held as scheduled, during his to visit to Kirkuk Province.

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