Kurdistan Region to hold referendum on independence in August

Iraq (KurdPress) – The Kurdistan Region of Iraq will hold a referendum on its independence from the country in August, Kurdish official stated.

According to the BasNews Haji added that the region’s authorities were planning to urge the region’s High Electoral Commission to set the groundwork for the polls.

Haji stated that the region’s President Massoud Barzani had already called on Kurdish political parties to nominate representatives to a joint committee engaged in independence efforts.

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In late March, Hemin Hawrami, a senior assistant to Barzani, told reporters that Kurdistan’s president had informed the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres about the referendum on gaining independence from Iraq “at the earliest time.”

In early April, Secretary of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) politburo Fadhil Mirani said that two special boards to prepare for the referendum would be established.

This report prepared by KurdPress International News Agency