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Iraqi Parliament Authorized “Military Measures” Against Kurdistan Region Independence Referendum

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Iraqi Parliament Authorized "Military Measures" Against Kurdistan Region Independence Referendum

A Shi’ite volunteer wearing a mask, who has joined the Iraqi army to fight against ISIS, looks on during a parade on a street in Kanaan, Diyala province, June 26, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

On Tuesday, the Iraqi Parliament voted against a Kurdistan Region independence referendum planned for September 25 and obliged the Iraqi government to take measures to “preserve the unity of Iraq”.

The vote authorized Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to take any measures against the referendum process taking place in the Kurdistan Region as well as in other areas outside of the administrative border othe region but under control of Kurdish forces.

The issue was put on the agenda upon the request of 80 MPs, according to Kurdistan-based Rudaw Media Network. In total, the session was attended by 204 of 328 MPs. All the Kurdish factions in the Iraqi parliament boycotted the vote.

The Iraqi Constitution had enumerated issues for which a referendum is required, and those do not include the Kurdistan referendum,” parliament speaker Salim al-Jubouri said in a statement. “The inclusion of disputed territories in the referendum is also a violation of the constitution.”

Protesting against the vote, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) representatives left the chamber. The voted petition contains “military measures” against the move, Rudaw reported citing Sirwan Sereni, a KDP MP.

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