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Iraqi Kurdistan plans to hold an independence referendum within “months.” This will also help formalize KRG control over disputed territory in Kirkuk province – including Iraq’s key northern oilfield of the same name – and comes as the KRG is planning to link the northern oil field to its independent export pipeline. What is not yet clear is just how close the Kurds are to achieving both goals.
Masoud Barzani, President of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) summoned his parliament on 3 July to kick-start the process of holding an independence referendum.
Parliament convened in closed session after Mr Barzani called a special meeting to ask deputies to establish an electoral commission to prepare for the referendum, which he said in a BBC interview this week would be held within months. (CONTINUED - 2475 WORDS)