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Kurdistan

Poll shows 82 percent support for Kurdish independence

By Rudaw 20/8/2016
The level of support for the referendum and its outcome varies among Kurdish cities according to the poll as 97 percent of respondents in Dohuk have given their support with 67 percent in Sulaimani province.
The level of support for the referendum and its outcome varies among Kurdish cities according to the poll as 97 percent of respondents in Dohuk have given their support with 67 percent in Sulaimani province.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region-- Over 82 percent of eligible voters support the referendum and Kurdish bid for independence although 34 percent of the respondents believe the timing is not ideal for the process to go ahead, according to a new poll that was announced on Saturday.  

The opinion survey conducted by the Peace and Security Center at the American University in Kurdistan Region says the poll covered both Kurdistan Region's four provinces of Halabja, Erbil, Sulaimani, Dohuk and the so called disputed territories outside Kurdistan Region which are currently controlled by Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

Three main questions have been posed to the respondents in both areas; "Will you vote in the referendum? Will you vote for independence? Is the timing right for independence?" to which over 80 percent have given positive answers.

Respondents in disputed territories have been asked if they prefer their cities to integrate with Kurdistan Region to which a majority has responded positively.

The level of support for the referendum and its outcome varies among Kurdish cities according to the poll as 97 percent of respondents in Dohuk have given their support with 67 percent in Sulaimani province.

Kurdish authorities have said the much anticipated referendum is likely to take place before the end of this year and include disputed territories outside the administration of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), among others the oil city of Kirkuk and the Yezidi town of Shingal.

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Proud kurd in great nation of USA | 20/8/2016
The whole world is behind the kurdish Independence, except PUK and Goran movement. I hope that kurds around the world will remember that this two groups are against the Independence. because they work for Iraq and Iran.
TirkeQonak | 20/8/2016
Just do it, free Kurdistan. Bashur has ment alot for all parts in Kurdistan. Syria is on the way and then comes Turdey and I-ran.
Muraz Adzhoev | 20/8/2016
Preliminary 67% of votes for independence from deadly failed Iraq show that the PUK-Gorran pro Tehran-Baghdad tandem has lost political influence and capability in Sulaimani province of Southern Kurdistan. During the general referendum actually at least more than 85% of votes will be given for sovereignty and independence of reintegrated Southern Kurdistan from collapsed Iraqi federation. Almost the whole World, the majority of member-states of the international community has been waiting for independent Kurdistan, which most likely at last will consist of both Southern Kurdistan and Western Kurdistan.
Dana | 20/8/2016
Ok maybe a small minority might have reservation on the timing but make no mistaken 100% of Kurds want independence. The reason is easy, currently the "best" country for Kurds is Iraq and that's only because Kurds run their own affairs. Although the Iraqi government is not directly attacking Kurds at the moment (like the regimes in Iran Turkey and Syria) the central government in Bagdad is doing everything in its power to make life as hard as possible for Kurds, holding back the regions budget and people's salary, blocking arms to Peshmerga etc there's just no alternative to independence.
M Gonzales
M Gonzales | 20/8/2016
Wheeeen? Vote already
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