Kurds to go to polls

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ERBIL: The pres­i­dent of Iraq’s au­ton­o­mous re­gion of Kur­dis­tan has called a par­lia­men­tary and pres­i­den­tial elec­tion for Novem­ber which could help ease a lon­grun­ning row as the Kurds push for in­de­pen­dence from Bagh­dad.

The elec­tions will fol­low an in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum on Septem­ber 25, a move set to strain Iraq’s frayed fed­eral unity and an­noy neigh­bours Syria, Turkey and Iran, who also have size­able Kur­dish pop­u­la­tions. The move comes as Iraqi govern­ment forces push back Is­lamic State mil­i­tants from north­ern Iraq with Kur­dish pesh­merga forces hav­ing played a vi­tal role. Reuters

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