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© Safin Hamed, AFP | An Iraqi Kurdish woman takes a selfie as people gather in the street flying Kurdish flags to urge people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum in Erbil, northern Iraq, on September 13, 2017.

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Latest update : 2017-09-15

Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region's parliament approved a plan to hold a Sept. 25 referendum on independence, ignoring Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish opposition as well as U.S and Western concern that the vote could cause new conflicts in the region.

An overwhelming majority of Kurdish MPs raised their hands to approve the plan, during the first session held by the parliament since it was suspended two years ago.

The parliament reconvened on Friday in Erbil, the seat of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq.

The central government in Baghdad opposes the plan, as do Iraq’s neighbours Iran and Turkey, which fear that an independent Kurdish state could fuel separatism among their own Kurdish populations.

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2017-09-15

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