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Iraq Kurdistan independence referendum planned
BBC News ^ | 07/01/2014

Posted on 07/01/2014 12:10:19 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Region has told the BBC he intends to hold a referendum on independence within months.

Massoud Barzani said that Iraq was already "effectively partitioned".

While the Kurds would play a part in a political solution to the crisis caused by jihadist-led Sunni Arab rebellion, independence was their right, he added.

Meanwhile, the first session of Iraq's new parliament has been adjourned after deputies failed to elect a new speaker.

Acting Speaker Mahdi al-Hafez called off proceedings after most of the Sunni and Kurdish members of the House of Representatives did not return after a break, meaning there was not a quorum present.

It had been hoped they would discuss forming a unity government.

The current Prime Minister, Nouri Maliki, is facing calls from his Sunni, Kurdish and Shia rivals to step down because of his handling of the crisis.

However, as the leader of the bloc that won the most votes in April's elections, he has demanded the right to try to form a governing coalition.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: independence; iraq; kurdistan; kurds

1 posted on 07/01/2014 12:10:20 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 07/01/2014 12:10:52 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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Israel has already declared their support for Kurdish independence!


3 posted on 07/01/2014 12:16:54 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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Good for the Kurds! Go for it! The USA shoul;d recognize them.


4 posted on 07/01/2014 1:19:57 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade
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