Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Iraq

Iraqi parliament votes to reject Kurdistan referendum

By Rudaw 12/9/2017
Iraqi security forces stand guard outside the parliament in Baghdad. File photo: AFP
Iraqi security forces stand guard outside the parliament in Baghdad. File photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Iraqi parliament has rejected the Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum in a vote on Tuesday that also authorizes the prime minister to take measures against the Kurdish move.

The referendum issue was put on the agenda upon the call of 80 MPs.


The parliament has authorized Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to take any measures against the September 25 referendum process taking place in the Region and Kurdistani areas outside of the Region’s administration but under its control.

 

The decision by the Iraqi parliament stipulated that the Kurdistan referendum is a “threat” against the unity of Iraq and that while the Iraqi constitution allows a referendum on a number of issues, such as Article 140 to address the disputed areas, it maintained that the constitution does not include a section that permits a referendum on separation.
 
Iraqi MPs voted on three points.
 
First, they voted to reject the referendum that will take place in the Kurdistan Region and disputed areas, including Kirkuk, and to commit “all relevant authorities to take every measure to cancel it.”
 
Second, “the Iraqi government will be responsible for preserving the unity of Iraq, taking all measures and decisions that include the protection of the unity of Iraq.”
 
And third, they voted to commit “the Iraqi government and the Regional government to begin serious negotiations to solve outstanding issues based on the constitution and the laws in place.”


Sirwan Sereni, a Kurdish MP from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) faction in the Iraqi parliament told Rudaw that the petition which was voted on and approved by the parliament contains “military measures” against the move.

He said they were not consulted with or informed of the petition in the first place, and when a hearing given to the petition “we were not allowed to comment on it.”

Ashwaq Jaf, another Kurdish MP  from the KDP faction , accused Turkmen MPs of stirring the motion.

All the Kurdish factions in the Iraqi parliament boycotted the vote.

Jaf derided the parliament ruling saying “the decision will not go beyond the doors of parliament” and said that putting the matter on the agenda “violates the parliament’s bylaws.”

Baghdad has on several occasions rejected the Region's independence referendum calling it "unconstitutional."

Despite mounting pressures, the Kurdistan Region is determined to hold the referendum as President Masoud Barzani has repeatedly stated in meetings with local players and international delegates.

Comments

 
Data pager
Previous
12
Page size:
PageSizeComboBox
select
duroi | 12/9/2017
Let the dogs bark, the caravan of referendum continues its journey to the destination.
kurd | 12/9/2017
even if there is a referendum and even if 100% will vote yes to independence, KRG will not declare independence. put down my words
thurgood bardico | 12/9/2017
Did anyone really expect them to vote in favour of the referendum?
Guest | 13/9/2017
Who gives a damn about what the Iraqi parliament says or does?! Let them be the stooges of the Iranian mullahs and bark on their behalf as much as they want.
FAUthman | 13/9/2017
I am with "duroi" and if you are not, you are on the wrong side of history. The caravan will reach its destination no matter how many dogs will bark in the night. The timid will fall to the wayside. On the practical level all you need is for the US not to be against you in your next step in this journey and you need to take one step at a time to reach your goal. Ultimately as Paul Davis said you definitely will need the US protection for a secure Kurdistan probably for sometime. The US is your only real friend.

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

Lasse Riise | 2/20/2018 5:57:46 AM
Andrew has the brain of a Turkey. He has sold his soul to Satan to hide Erdogans invation of Syria. This is the worst genocidal war crime since...
Lasse Riise | 2/20/2018 6:03:29 AM
Time for citizens of NATO countries to force their coward politicians to avenge their fellow countrymen murdered by Fascist Erdogan. 800 million...
Two volunteers from Europe die defending Afrin
| 18/2/2018 | (10)
Azad | 2/15/2018 2:52:24 PM
What Bjorn Evjen and all ypg supporters say is a proof ypg fight for the west which already live in comfort and dont even support kurds. Ypg is not...
Lasse Riise | 2/20/2018 4:56:58 AM
Kurdish Muslims should take notice of how most Sunnies of all ethnic groups are treated within Syria, as the local dictatorships carry on killing...
Rojava authorities call for Turkey’s Kurdish militias to not fight in Afrin
| 14/2/2018 | (16)
Lasse Riise | 2/20/2018 3:51:11 AM
Syria United throughout history? The current Syrian colony was invented by the French in the 1920's. So, according to Baathist history books, the...
Lasse Riise | 2/20/2018 4:09:32 AM
The European people should get a spine, build a heavily guarded wall topped with barbed whire on their border with Turkey. If Europeans are going to...
Kurdish politician: Syrian forces to enter Afrin tomorrow
| 18/2/2018 | (20)
Eugene | 2/19/2018 7:49:57 PM
Any ways to reach the outside world are always helpful.......even airports...
Shohan | 2/20/2018 3:18:28 AM
Such a sham thousand of people have lost everything some have died from starvation yet this fool is still trying to negotiate. How about cut off some...
Abadi: Talks to re-open Kurdistan’s airports are in final stages
| yesterday at 08:18 | (5)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Five women lead Iraqi election lists in Kurdistan 4 hours ago |

Five women lead Iraqi election lists in Kurdistan

The women are fighting stereotypes that they have more
Duhok-Mosul road to reopen for business – now open Erbil-Kirkuk, KRG urges Baghdad 5 hours ago |

Duhok-Mosul road to reopen for business – now open Erbil-Kirkuk, KRG urges Baghdad

“Mosul is very important for business with Duhok” more
US oil giant Chevron restarts drilling in Kurdistan Region 6 hours ago |

US oil giant Chevron restarts drilling in Kurdistan Region

Drilling was suspended in mid-October after the more
0.906 seconds