Iraq-Independence Referendum

Independence referendum to continue against all odds: Kurdish parliament member

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Baghdad, Iraq - Sept 12, 2017
1. Various of traffic
2. Various of logo of Iraqi parliament
3. Various of Ashwaq al-Jaff, Iraq parliament member from Kurdistan Democratic Party, talking on phone
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ashwaq al-Jaff, Iraq parliament member from Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP):
"We haven't changed our stance even today as Kurdish people have no other choice. The Supreme Committee for the Referendum will reiterate the stance of holding a referendum and will reject all demands to postpone it."
5. Various of press
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ashwaq al-Jaff, Iraq parliament member from KDP:
"This is a result of the central government's 14-year-long violation of the constitution. In a recent negotiation with the federal government we found that it has violated 55 constitutional prescriptions. I reiterate that the decision on referendum is not a sudden and random one, but a response to the Iraqi government's violation of constitution."
7. Various of traffic
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ashwaq al-Jaff, Iraq parliament member from KDP:
"We have the Supreme Committee for the Referendum and all the laws and regulations we obey during the presidential election also apply to this referendum, which means that all registered electorate has the right to vote. The referendum will be held in Kurdistan and other areas where Kurdish people are living."
9. Various of pedestrians

Storyline


The stance for Kurdish independence referendum will remain unchanged despite Iraqi parliament’s vote to reject the move, said a Kurdish member of parliament Tuesday in the capital Baghdad.

As the Iraqi government wraps up its arduous fight against the IS extremists, the war-torn country once again sees itself amid a swamp of political crisis as an announcement to hold an independence referendum on Sept 25 was made by Kurdistan.

Despite voices opposing the decision, the position of the Kurds remains unchanged as there is no alternative other than the independence referendum.

Ashwaq al-Jaff, a member of the Iraqi parliament for the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), had already predicted the fate ahead of the Iraqi parliament’s decision of rejecting the move.

"We haven't changed our stance even today as Kurdish people have no other choice. The Supreme Committee for the Referendum will reiterate the stance of holding a referendum and will reject all demands to postpone it," said al-Jaff.

Al-Jaff also threw light on the reason behind the referendum, saying that the decision was made on the premise of the central government's violation of the constitution.

"This is a result of the central government's 14-year-long violation of the constitution. In a recent negotiation with the federal government we found that it has violated 55 constitutional prescriptions. I reiterate that the decision on referendum is not a sudden and random one, but a response to the Iraqi government's violation of constitution," added al-Jaff.

According to al-Jaff, central government and Kurdistan government share considerable differences on financial distribution in the negotiation and moreover, there are significant differences in treatments between the Kurdish armed forces and the Iraq army.

"We have the Supreme Committee for the Referendum and all the laws and regulations we obey during the presidential election also apply to this referendum, which means that all registered electorate has the right to vote. The referendum will be held in Kurdistan and other areas where Kurdish people are living," said al-Jaff.

On June 7, the Kurdish President Masoud Barzani announced his intention to hold a referendum on the independence of the Kurdish region from Iraq on Sept 25.

The independence of Kurdistan is expected to be opposed by some countries because it would threaten the integrity of Iraq and because it comes as the Iraqi forces are in fight against terrorism, including the IS.

In addition, the neighboring countries of Turkey, Iran and Syria see that such a step would threaten their territorial integrity, as larger populations of Kurds live in those countries.

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  • ID : 8060977
  • Published : 2017-09-14 09:33
  • Last Modified : 2017-09-14 16:42:43
  • Location : Baghdad,Iraq
  • Category : politics
  • Duration : 1'58
  • Audio Language : Arabic/Nats
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  • Location : بغداد,العراق
  • Category : politics
  • Duration : 1'58
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  • Published : 2017-09-14 16:42
  • Last Modified : 2017-09-14 16:42:43
  • Location : Bagdad,Irak
  • Category : politics
  • Duration : 1'58
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  • Restrictions : No acceso a la parte continental de China
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