Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Iraq parliament votes to remove Kirkuk governor

Iraq parliament votes to remove Kirkuk governor

The parliament in Baghdad authorised the prime minister to "take all measures" to preserve Iraq's unity in response to the move to hold an independence referendum in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region on September 25.

In an official statement on Thursday, the Kurdistan Region Presidency slammed the Iraqi Parliament's decision to sack the Kurdish Governor of Kirkuk.

McGurk said he was encouraged that Kurdish leaders could embrace an alternative plan focusing on dialogue between the Kurdistan region and Baghdad and a delay in the referendum.

All Kurdish legislators boycotted Thursday's session, while Arab parliamentarians voted in favour of Karim's deposition, he said.

Masoud Barzani, the president of the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), announced the vote on Twitter on June 7.

"The [Kurdish region] should be aware that there will most certainly be a price to pay for insisting on its approach for a referendum despite all our friendly recommendations", the statement said, without elaborating.

The referendum has been opposed by Baghdad because it would threaten the integrity of Iraq and would distract the ongoing fight against the Islamic State by the Iraqi forces. Kalin said there was no other country, or global organisation "other than Israel" that backed the referendum bid.

"He [McGurk] called me saying that "this is a wrong decision" and that they know that this decision should not have taken place".

It said parliament's decision was a "clear expression of the importance that was attached on Iraq's political unity and territorial integrity".

Iraqi neighbors - Turkey, Iran and Syria - oppose the referendum, fearing that it could fuel separatist moods among their own Kurdish minorities.

"Israel supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to achieve their own country", Netanyahu said in a commentary sent to foreign correspondents from his office.

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