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TNAnews- Turkmen parties in Kirkuk called on Tuesday (August 29) for the people of Kirkuk province to refuse the referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan Region.

The Turkmen parties, during a news conference, called for the province to boycott the referendum in response to the recent decision from the Kirkuk Provincial Council for the province to take part in the referendum.

Twenty two Kurdish members of the council called for a council session on Tuesday to discuss the planned referendum. 

Hala Nuradeen, a member of the Arab component, asked the Kirkuk administration to postpone the vote over a decision on the referendum and to discuss the issue with the Arab and Turkmen blocs.

Sahira Saifuddin, from the Kirkuk province’s Brayati list, a member of one of the Turkmen blocs, said she was not in opposition to the referendum but wanted to have a discussion with the other blocs.

Najmadin Karim, the Kurdish governor of Kirkuk, said they are asking the provincial council to reach a decision on joining the referendum because the central government has still not resolve Article 140.

The Kurdistan Region declared on June 7 a plan to hold a referendum on the region’s independence this year on September 25.

The announcement came following a meeting between the region’s political parties, not including the Change Movement (Gorran) and the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG).


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