15:35 GMT +320 October 2017
Live
    A flag of the autonomous Kurdistan region flies as Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position to monitor the area from their front line post in Bashiqa, a town 13 kilometres north-east of Mosul (File)

    Iraqi Kurdistan Region to Hold Referendum on Independence in August

    © AFP 2017/ AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
    Middle East
    Get short URL
    187884

    The Iraqi Kurdistan Region is expected to hold an independence referendum in August, media reported, citing a political adviser to the Kurdistan Region's president.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) According to the Bas News media outlet, the information was confirmed by Mohammed Haji, who added that the region's authorities were planning to urge the region’s High Electoral Commission to set the groundwork for the polls.

    Haji added that Kurdistan's President Masoud Barzani had already called on Kurdish political parties to nominate representatives to a joint committee engaged in independence efforts.

    In late March, Hemin Hawrami, a senior assistant to Barzani, told reporters that Kurdistan's president had informed the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres about the referendum on gaining independence from Iraq "at the earliest time."

    In early April, Secretary of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) politburo Fadhil Mirani said that two special boards to prepare for the referendum would be established.

    Kurds are the largest ethnic minority in Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. In Iraq and Syria, the Kurds are fighting against the Daesh terror group, outlawed in Russia, while in Turkey they are engaged in a conflict with state authorities.

    Never miss a story again — sign up to our Telegram channel and we'll keep you up to speed!

    Related:

    Moscow Urges US to Share Data on Alleged Chemical Weapons Use in Iraqi Kurdistan
    Erdogan Pledges to Respond to Attacks From Syria's Kurdish-Controlled Territory
    Kurdish PYD Armed Wing Kills 17 Turkish Soldiers in North Syria
    Tags:
    independence referendum, Kurdistan, Iraq
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment