January 18, 2018

Iraqi Kurdistan to Hold Referendum on Independence in Late 2017

Iraqi Kurdistan to Hold Referendum on Independence in Late 2017

Iraqi Kurdistan is planning to hold an independence referendum in October or November 2017, a representative in Russia told the media.

A referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan may be held in October-November 2017, representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Russia Hoshawi Babakr revealed at a press conference in the Rossiya Segodnya International News Agency on Friday, May 12.

“It will be held in fall. The exact date has not yet been determined, but in the fall, sometime in November, maybe even in October,” Babakr said when asked whether the date of the referendum was determined.

Kurdistan in Iraq was created in 1970 based on an agreement with the Iraqi government, giving a temporary respite to years of fighting. It gained autonomous governance status as part of the 2005 constitution, but is still considered part of Iraq.

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