Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Iraqi parliament rejects Iraqi Kurdish referendum: lawmakers

Iraqi parliament rejects Iraqi Kurdish referendum: lawmakers

12 de septiembre de 2017, 16:49Baghdad, SEp 12 (Prensa Latina) Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has regarded the referendum for the independence of Kurdistan as "unconstitutional and unilateral".

Iraq's Parliament voted on Tuesday to reject an Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum planned for September 25, authorizing the prime minister to take all measures to preserve Iraq's unity, a lawmaker said.

A breakdown for the vote was not immediately available.

A parliamentary majority in Baghdad voted in opposition to the September 25 referendum planned by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) prompting Kurdish lawmakers to walk out of the session, which was attended by 204 of parliament's 328 members.

"Despite the respect both sides have for each other, there is still a trust deficit between Iraq's central government and the Kurdish region", he added.

"I call upon the Kurdish leadership to come to Baghdad and conclude a dialogue", Abadi said at a news conference.

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Kurdish lawmaker Majid Shingali said Kurds would reject the decision.

Zebari said Kurdish lawmakers would convene for the first time since October 2015.

"This decision has no value and we will not implement it", he told Reuters.

He went on to point out that the region's Turkmen stood in strong opposition to the KRG's planned referendum on Kurdish regional independence, slated to be held later this month.

But Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani, who is organising the referendum, said from the disputed city of Kirkuk that the poll would be held because "all other bids" to secure Kurdish rights "have failed".

World powers fear the vote could spark a new conflict between Iraq's minority Kurdish population and Baghdad, diverting attention away from efforts aimed at combating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also knows as ISIS) group operating in the country, and neighbouring Syria.

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