Kurds to hold independence vote over Baghdad’s objection
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/12/17, 11:37 am
The Iraqi parliament on Tuesday voted to reject a Kurdish independence referendum set for Sept. 25, describing the move as a threat to the country’s unity. The non-binding resolution also authorizes Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to take any measures necessary to preserve the country’s unity. Lawmaker Mohammed al-Karbouli told the Daily Sabah that Kurdish lawmakers walked out of the session but the parliament’s majority still voted on the measure. Despite Baghdad’s disapproval, Kurdish leaders still plan to hold the referendum in the three governorates that make up their self-ruled region, as well as other disputed areas. The Kurds have continued to clash with Baghdad over distribution of oil revenues and control of some areas. Turkey and Iran also opposed the planned referendum. Turkish officials called the referendum a grave mistake that would trigger undesired consequences for the region.
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Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.