The controversial Kurdish independence referendum is set to go ahead in Iraq despite opposition from the Iraqi parliament who voted against such move.
Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan regional government insisted that the controversial vote will go ahead.
“The referendum will be held on time. Dialogue with Baghdad will resume after the referendum,” he said in an official statement on the KRG website.
The Iraqui parliament had earlier voted against the poll being held, branding it “unconstitutional” and, authorising the Prime Minister to “take all measures” to preserve the country’s unity, Euro News reports.
Not all Kurds are keen on the referendum, however. One leading businessman, Shaswar Abdulwahid Qadir, has been promoting a “No for now” vote, arguing that an independence declaration would bring instability at a critical moment.
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