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.
The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party has won parliamentary polls in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the election commission says. The party held an independence referendum last year, angering the central Iraqi government.
Parliamentary elections have been held in semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan. A year after a failed bid for independence, one of the parties has said it will not recognize the results.
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.
The Iraqi parliament has elected veteran Kurdish politician Barham Salih as president. The vote threw a spotlight on the deep divisions within the Kurdish camp.
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