Kurdistan parliament approves independence referendum for September 25

Karim to continue as Kirkuk Governor says Iraqi Parliament’s dismissal ‘illegal

The White House issued a statement hours after the vote, asking the Kurdistan Regional Government to call off the referendum and enter into serious and sustained dialogue with Baghdad.

The Trump administration has asked the Kurdistan Regional Government to call off the independence referendum scheduled for September 25, charging it would be "distracting" in the fight against ISIS for these key anti-ISIS fighters to seek a free state.

The Kurdish Regional Government is embroiled in long-standing disputes with the federal government over oil exports, budget payments and control of ethnically divided areas. While providing no details on the alternative, Brett McGurk, U.S. special presidential envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition said at a news conference in Irbil he had presented it to Kurdish leaders.

Last Thursday, Iraqi lawmakers voted to remove Kirkuk Governor Najmiddin Karim from his post based on a request by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Washington opposes the referendum on the grounds that it would weaken Arab-Kurdish joint military operations, which have helped send the IS group into retreat in both Iraq and war-torn Syria.

Qahwachi said she had voted in favour of the referendum because she said Turkmen were protected in Kurdistan, unlike in the rest of Iraq.

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The parliament met in the KRG capital, Erbil, in northern Iraq.

Ankara, which has warned the referendum would come at a "cost", has close economic and political relations with the KRG and Barzani.

Kurds across the Kurdistan Region and overseas gathered in a show of solidarity for the historic independence vote.

Barzani's decision not to postpone the referendum was "very wrong", Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday.

Already in financial trouble due to waste and low oil prices, Kurdistan - like the rest of Iraq - relies on Baghdad for its share of the oil budget, giving the central government significant leverage.

Thursday, a senior USA official announced that Brussels, Washington, Paris, London and Baghdad had cooperatively developed an alternative plan to the contentious referendum.

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