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McGurk describes parliament's vote to remove Kirkuk governor 'wrong', Karim claims

15 September 2017, 12:49 | Kara Nash

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

"Parliament obliged Prime Minister Haider Abadi to take all measures that preserve the unity of Iraq and start a dialogue to address the related problems between Baghdad and Erbil", Anadolu News agency quoted lawmaker Ali al-Safi as saying, referring to the capital of northern Iraq's Kurdish region.

Kirkuk province is claimed by both the central government in Baghdad and Barzani's semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq.

Turkey has warned Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region that "there will most certainly be a price to pay" for its insistence on holding an independence referendum later this month.

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

"The right [to remove the governor from office] belongs to the people of Kirkuk, not the Iraqi parliament", the statement read.

This is not the first time Netanyahu has voiced support for an independent Kurdish state - he backed the Kurds' "aspirations for independence" in a speech in 2014.

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Iran and Syria also oppose the vote, fearing it could fan separatism among their own Kurdish populations.

Kalin on Thursday said: "There will absolutely be consequences for this referendum decision", without elaborating further.

Kurdish MPs in Iraq's parliament boycotted Thursday's vote, which produced a majority for the governor's removal, lawmaker Husham al-Suhail told Reuters.

Kurdistan Region's High Committee of Referendum announced earlier that the poll will be held on Sept 25. 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. He refused to give details.

"This is unlawful. I have the support of the government council, I have the support of the people, we are here and we will continue", he said.



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