Kurds sets Sept. 25 date for ref­er­en­dum on in­de­pen­dence

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IRBIL | Iraqi Kur­dish of­fi­cials an­nounced Wed­nes­day that Kurds in Iraq’s au­ton­o­mous north­ern re­gion will hold a ref­er­en­dum on in­de­pen­dence on Sept. 25.

Ma­soud Barzani, the pres­i­dent of the Iraqi Kur­dish re­gional gov­ern­ment, an­nounced the vote on Twit­ter. The de­ci­sion fol­lows a meet­ing of the ma­jor Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Irbil, the re­gion’s cap­i­tal.

It is not clear whether a yes vote, which is ex­pected to be the re­sult, will lead to the dec­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence.

Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter Haider alAbadi, who did im­me­di­ately com­ment on the vote, said in April that he re­spects the Kur­dish right to vote on in­de­pen­dence, but he did not think the tim­ing was right for the move.

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