Iraqi Kurdistan to 'Pay Price' for Independence Referendum - Turkey

Trevor Jackson
September 15, 2017

Iraq's parliament has voted to remove the governor of Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk from office, according to legislators present at the vote.

On Wednesday, Iraqi Kurdistan leader Masud Barzani said he would continue the preparations for the referendum scheduled for September 25 despite the Iraqi Parliament's decision to reject it.

The planned vote has faced strong opposition from the federal government in Baghdad as well as neighbouring Iran and Turkey, which fear it will stoke separatist aspirations among their own sizable Kurdish minorities.

In particular, Turkey, which has long battled Kurdish insurgents within its own borders, fears the referendum could encourage independence for its Kurdish minority.

Karim said he will keep his post, adding he has received phone calls from Kurdish officials such as President Barzani who offered their support.

The neighboring countries of Turkey, Iran and Syria also feel that the move would threaten their territorial integrity, as large numbers of Kurdish population live in those countries.

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Kareem has previously stated that only a vote by Kirkuk's governing local council could remove him. "This basically mean that the current leaders of Iraq don't want us to be their partners".

Iraq's parliament on Tuesday voted down the plan in a session that prompted a walkout by Kurdish lawmakers. A majority voted to remove the governor, lawmaker Husham al-Suhail told Reuters. He explained that the law for the Iraqi provincial election passed in 2008 stipulated that Kirkuk, unlike the rest of the Iraqi provinces, would not come under the authority of the office of the Iraqi Prime Minister.

The article states that a governor of one Iraq's 19 provinces can be dismissed for one of four reasons, including whether public funds have been wasted or negligence.

Suhail gave no details about what Kareem accused of.

"This referendum is ill-timed and ill-advised, it is not something we can support", he said, regarding the US' backing for the Sep.

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