In­de­pen­dence vote comes to haunt Barzani

The Hindu Business Line - - THINK -

Iraqi Kur­dis­tan’s ill-ad­vised in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum has claimed its first vic­tim: Vet­eran politi­cian and pres­i­dent of Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment Ma­soud Barzani will not ex­tend his term beyond Novem­ber 1. It is clear that re­gional and in­ter­na­tional pow­ers are in no mood to tol­er­ate the breakup of na­tion-states. Time and again, in dif­fer­ent parts of the world, it has be­come clear that in­ter­na­tional sen­ti­ment is firmly against se­ces­sion. It is dif­fi­cult to be­lieve the Kur­dish of­fi­cials did not re­alise this.

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