Kurds sets Sept. 25 date for referendum on independence
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.