The Parliament of Iraqi Kurdistan voted for a referendum on independence

The Parliament of Iraqi Kurdistan on Friday, 15 September, approved the holding of a referendum on independence. It is reported RIA Novosti with reference to the Kurdish Rudaw TV channel that broadcast the vote live.

The vote on this issue took place two years after the suspension of Parliament. In support of the plebiscite was supported by 65 deputies from 68, said TASS.

The authorities of the Autonomous region unilaterally call a referendum on secession from Iraq on 25 September, despite Baghdad’s position, consider a popular vote on the issue illegal.

Iraqi Kurdistan is the unofficial name of the Kurdish Autonomous region in the North and North-East of Iraq, which has the status of a wide autonomy within the country’s legally enshrined in the Constitution and de facto semi-independent. Included in this region’s province of Dahuk, Sulaymaniyah and Erbil are traditionally the region’s ethnic Kurdish. The authorities in the region is the Democratic party of Kurdistan led by President Massoud Barzani.