Kurdistan's referendum 'illegal', results not 'acknowledged' – gov't

Kurdistan Region's referendum is scheduled for Sep. 25
Kurdistan Region's referendum is scheduled for Sep. 25

The constitution does not give the right to hold a referendum on independence, Saad al-Hadithi, spokesman of the Iraqi government revealed on Sunday referring to Kurdistan Region's independence referendum scheduled for September 25. 

In a press statement, Hadithi said that holding any secession referendum is illegal, adding that the government will not recognize it or acknowledge its results. 

Our stance is clear and we have reiterated it in every occasion, he noted.

We are with a broad, direct and open dialogue to overcome differences with Kurdistan Region, provided that political discussions are in compliance with the constitution, its provisions, greater public interest of the country and its unity.  

He added that Article 1 of the constitution stipulates that Iraq is a federal country and its unity is preserved under the provisions of the constitution.

Hadithi also warned of taking any unilateral decisions that are imposed by a party at the expense of another.

Sadrist Movement Muqtada al-Sadr said on Friday that the previous government, led by Nouri al-Maliki, had a legacy of accumulated problems that forced Kurdistan Region to consider holding a referendum on independence.

Earlier on Friday, former prime minister Ayad Allawi said Kurdistan's independence referendum was unconstitutional and would drag Iraq into civil war.

Kurdistan Regional Government announced on June 7 that it would vote on September 25 on the region's secession from Iraq. 

Last Modified: 08 13 2017 05:45 PM

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