Kurdish leader resigns
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.