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Iraq: Kurds ‘do not take legitimacy from anyone’ – President Barzani01:47

Iraq: Kurds ‘do not take legitimacy from anyone’ – President Barzani

Iraq, Duhok
September 17, 2017 at 01:25 GMT -00:00 · Published

Kurdish President Masoud Barzani told a pro-independence rally of over 30,000 that Kurdistan called on people to press ahead and vote in the referendum on 25 September, despite Baghdad's opposition, in Duhok, on Friday.

The Kurdish leader told the audience that Kurdistan does "not take legitimacy from anyone" but the Kurdish people and "the blood of our martyrs" alone, in a move that is set to raise tension in the region. He added that "nobody brought a better alternative" to an independence referendum.

Iraqi Kurdistan is set to vote on 25 September in an independence referendum that is opposed by Baghdad as well as neighbouring Iran and Turkey.

Iraq: Kurds ‘do not take legitimacy from anyone’ – President Barzani01:47
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Kurdish President Masoud Barzani told a pro-independence rally of over 30,000 that Kurdistan called on people to press ahead and vote in the referendum on 25 September, despite Baghdad's opposition, in Duhok, on Friday.

The Kurdish leader told the audience that Kurdistan does "not take legitimacy from anyone" but the Kurdish people and "the blood of our martyrs" alone, in a move that is set to raise tension in the region. He added that "nobody brought a better alternative" to an independence referendum.

Iraqi Kurdistan is set to vote on 25 September in an independence referendum that is opposed by Baghdad as well as neighbouring Iran and Turkey.

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