Iraq MPs sack Kirkuk governor over Kurd independence vote

Kurdish man wearing traditional clothes passes under a Kurdish flag in Irbil’s old bazaar Iraq. Despite calls from Baghdad and the United States to postpone the vote Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish reg

The parliament in Baghdad authorised the prime minister to "take all measures" to preserve Iraq's unity in response to the move to hold an independence referendum in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region on September 25.

Iraq's parliament voted on Thursday to sack the governor of oil-rich Kirkuk over his decision for the northern province to vote in a Kurdish independence referendum opposed by Baghdad.

"I will stay in office", Kareem told Reuters, hours after the parliamentary vote.

The Turkish government, which has recently restored diplomatic ties with Israel following years of estrangement, "is concerned that sovereignty for Iraqi Kurds would encourage its own Kurdish insurgents", says the news agency, while the USA believes a Kurdish vote "could destabilize the region and undercut the war on extremism". But the ethnically mixed city also has Arab and Turkmen populations.

The US Special Presidential Envoy to the Global anti-ISIS Coalition has described the decision by Iraqi parliament to remove the Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim as "wrong" and one that should have never happened in the first place, Governor Karim claimed.

The PKK initially aimed to carve out an independent Kurdish state in the southeast although its declared ambitions are now more focused on autonomy and rights.

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Kareem has previously stated that only a vote by Kirkuk's governing local council could remove him. He refused to give details.

"The escalating tactics this week by the Iraqis are causing a large public backlash, and will strengthen the Kurdish referendum enormously", Zebari said.

Iraq's parliament on Tuesday voted down the plan in a session that prompted a walkout by Kurdish lawmakers.

Kurdistan Region's High Committee of Referendum announced earlier that the poll will be held on Sept 25.

"We remain in our place, we are doing our work, and we are doing preparation for the referendum." the defiant governor said.

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