Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani says Kurds voted "yes" to independence in a referendum conducted in defiance of the government in Baghdad and which has angered their neighbors and their US allies.
President of the autonomous region of Kurdistan has told parliament he will not seek an extension after his term expires on November 1. The announcement came amid an escalating row with Baghdad over Kurdish independence.
Iraq’s embattled Kurdish regional president Masoud Barzani is facing mounting pressure to quit. Kurdish officials say his presidency won’t be extended and his powers are to be “redistributed.”
President Emmanuel Macron has called on the Iraqi government to engage in "constructive national dialogue" after his meeting with Iraqi Kurd leaders. Macron vowed to preserve the rights of the Kurdish people.
Authorities in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk have imposed a curfew as jubilant Kurds celebrated a referendum on independence. Iraq’s government and nearby powers oppose the non-binding ballot.
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