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Kurdish court approves result of independence referendum

By Rudaw 6/10/2017
High majority of people voted for independence form Iraq on September 25 despite opposition form Baghdad. Photo: File Photo/AFP
High majority of people voted for independence form Iraq on September 25 despite opposition form Baghdad. Photo: File Photo/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A Kurdish court tasked to review the results of the Kurdish referendum has approved the outcome of the September 25 vote that saw an overwhelming 92 percent of the people in the Kurdistan Region and the disputed areas voting to suceed from Iraq.
Ismael Khurmali, an executive member of the Kurdish election commission that organized the referendum told Rudaw that the court reviewed and finally approved the outcome since there were no complaints about irregularities during the process.
“This means the preliminary results will become the final results,” Khurmali said.
The commission published the preliminary results two days after the vote in a press conference in Erbil. 
It said that 92.73 percent of voters cast ‘yes’ ballots.
Out of 3,085,935 valid ballots, 2,861,471 votes were for independence and 224,464 were against, 7.2 percent.
The figures also include e-votes cast by the diaspora.
Handren Mohammed, the head of the commission, told reporters at the time that the process was “successful” and international observers who witnessed the “historic” vote testified that it was held in a professional manner.
He said then the results will be considered final when approved by the Kurdish Court of Appeals.
Voter turnout was 72 percent.
The Iraqi government has said they do not recognize the results and have asked the Kurdish government to annul the results before any talks would be held over the disputes between the two sides. Erbil has instead called for dialogue on the basis of the vote held last month.
Baghdad has since taken a number of punitive measures against the Kurdish Region, including a ban on international flight to and from the Kurdistan Region and has threatened to close the Kurdish land borders.  


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Schkak | 6/10/2017
The Kurdish referendum has been held on legal and legitimate grounds and was conducted under the scrutiny of international obseververs and in a fine and sound peaceful and civilized way .The result has been now approved by the competent Court of Appeals without any claims of irregularities. This is History being written before our eyes , lets celebrate the victory of the will of the Kurdish nation and its right on statehood. The overwhelming Yes vote for independence is compiling and sets a new horizon for the brave Kurdish Nation.
serwan | 7/10/2017
declare independence already or forget the whole thing ever happened ffs. we will never reach an agreement with the neighbors regarding independence, this is slow torture.
The realist Kurd is here | 7/10/2017
Every one is against a Kurdish state. The Europeans, Americans, Iranians, Turkish terrorists and Arabs. In my oppenion, the Kurds in Iraq should unite with the Kurds in Syria and reach the Mediterranean sea then have access to outside world. Then let the Turks and Iranian terrorists close their doors on the Kurds as long as they wish. Of course, then they will be losers and the brave Kurds will be winners. I wish one day to see this unification between the Kurds in Iraq and Syria.
Astaris | 7/10/2017
The problem in both Kurdistan and Catalonia is that when the referendum is not agreed with the central government, as it was in Scotland and Quebec, the opponents of independence boycott it and their votes are not counted. Apparently in Catalonia only 40% support independence, while over 90% voted yes in the referendum, in which only 43% of voters participated. In both Scotland and Quebec the majority voted no to breaking away from the UK and Canada.
Adeola Ikuomola | 7/10/2017
All the anti-Kurdish independence in the Middle East should forfeit their own independence first to justify their mission. The Kurds should bury their differences and forge ahead by declaring their independence as soon as possible. Learn a huge lesson from Is real and take the bull by the horn. You will succeed and all those crying foul and forming false alliances today will fall apart and embrace you tomorrow.
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