ERBIL — After the Iraqi parliament decided on Tuesday to reject Kurdistan Region’s planned independence referendum, Kurdish lawmakers denounce the decision, calling it “illegitimate”.
“Kurdish MPs did not attend the session, which is a convincing proof to the fact that the required number of MPs were not present,” said Musanna Amin, a Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament.
He revealed that the parliament board of presidency neglected Kurdish MPs appeal to postpone the session. “We would have a different position [on this issue] if the decision is not cancelled,” he added.
MP Shakhawan Abdullah insists that Kurds will not be committed to the decision as their voice has been neglected in such an important issue which is related to the will of the people of Kurdistan.
The parliamentary vote comes as the Kurdistan Region is approaching a planned independence referendum on 25th September. Kurds believe that such opposing voices from Baghdad are normal as Erbil has proven that it is serious on holding the referendum.