Iraqi Kurdistan has announced the independence referendum

The government of Iraqi Kurdistan announced the date of the referendum on independence for the region. About it reports Reuters.

According to Hamina Havre, assistant to the President of the Kurdistan region Massoud Barzani, a plebiscite will be held on 25 September 2017. The people of the region will have to decide whether to keep it broad autonomy within Iraq or declare complete independence. As explained by Kurdish officials in the territory, which will be held a referendum, they intend to include the city of Kirkuk and its surroundings. At the moment, their control of the Peshmerga forces (the Kurdish militia), but Baghdad does not officially recognize this area is part of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Iraqi Kurdistan — Kurdish political entity in Iraq. According to the Constitution has the status of broad autonomy (somewhat similar to the position of member of the Confederation), the de facto semi-independent. The authorities in the region is the Democratic party of Kurdistan led by President Massoud Barzani. The leaders of Kurdistan region has repeatedly announced its intention to hold a referendum on full independence. Baghdad, in turn, is strongly opposed.