Iraq: «Today is like a new birth» — Voting continues in Kurdish Erbil

Voting is underway in Erbil as voters take part in a referendum that could pave the way to Kurdish independence, Monday, as tensions mount over the vote. Voters of all religions headed to polling stations across Erbil in a jubilant atmosphere, over a widely expected “yes” vote. The referendum is opposed by Baghdad which deems the referendum unconstitutional, as well as neighbours Iran and Turkey... Еще with their own sizable Kurdish minorities. Protests have erupted in the east of Iraq against the independence referendum, while four Peshmerga fighters were killed and seven injured in an explosion in the city of Kirkuk, which remains a flashpoint over independence plans.

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