Kur­dish leader re­signs

Shepparton News - - NATIONAL & WORLD NEWS -

Iraqi Kur­dish leader Ma­soud Barzani will give up his po­si­tion as pres­i­dent after an in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum he cham­pi­oned back­fired and trig­gered a re­gional cri­sis.

There was high drama at the Kur­dish par­lia­ment, which was stormed by armed pro­test­ers as it met to ap­prove the vet­eran leader’s res­ig­na­tion as Kur­dish pres­i­dent. Some MPs were bar­ri­caded in their of­fices on Sun­day evening.

In a tele­vised ad­dress, his first since Iraqi forces launched a sur­prise of­fen­sive to re­cap­ture Kur­dish-held ter­ri­tory on Oc­to­ber 16, Mr Barzani con­firmed he would not ex­tend his pres­i­den­tial term after Novem­ber 1 ‘‘un­der any con­di­tions’’.

The re­gion has been in tur­moil since the in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum a month ago.

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