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Iraqi parliament dismisses Kirkuk governor upon PM request

15 September 2017

The referendum for the independence of the Kurdish region in Iraq is a "historic mistake", Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag has stated, warning that there will be a price and repercussions if this is going to happen.

There are fears a highly public vote for independence could detract attention from the war against Islamic State and stir up hostilities between the Iraqi government and Kurdish separatists.

"It is easy to declare whatever you want but it is not so easy to realize it", Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari told Reuters on September 13 on the sidelines of an Arab League summit in Cairo, where the closing statement included a resolution calling the Kurdish referendum plan.

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

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This is not the first time Netanyahu has voiced support for an independent Kurdish state - he backed the Kurds' "aspirations for independence" in a speech in 2014.

Karim said the US Envoy encouraged him to keep calm after the today's vote to remove him.

Kirkuk Now, a media outlet close to the PUK, reported on Thursday that the PUK office in Kirkuk voted to exclude Kirkuk from the Kurdish referendum.

Hussein al-Maliki says that all Kurdish lawmakers boycotted Thursday's session, while Arab lawmakers voted in favor. A majority voted to remove the governor, lawmaker Husham al-Suhail told Reuters.

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Asked whether parliament had the right to dismiss Kareem, Suhail referred to an article of Iraq's provincial law, which parliament used as the legal basis for the vote and which stipulates the prime minister's authority to remove a regional governor.

Suhail gave no details about what Kareem accused of.

"This is unlawful. I have the support of the government council, I have the support of the people, we are here and we will continue", he said.

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Iraqi parliament dismisses Kirkuk governor upon PM request