Iraq: Kurdish independence referendum triggers international criticism

Iraq: Kurdish independence referendum triggers international criticism

11.09.2017

The planned referendum on the independence of the northern part of Iraq casts its shadow on the future of Iraq. On September 25, the inhabitants of northern Iraq as well as Kurds in Bagdad and abroad are to cast their votes on the formation of an independent Kurdish state. The Iraqi central government as well as the international community has warned against the plans, only Israel and Russia support the plans of the Kurdish Regional Government. Currently, the Kurdish parliament tries to find an agreement on a law governing the execution of the referendum, an agreement is to be reached by Thursday. The Iraqi-Kurdish parties support the independence plans, critics argue, however, that the dominant Barzani Clan could strengthen its grip on power even more if Iraqi Kurdistan was an independent state.