Kurdistan dream collapses, Barzani not to remain President

Kurdistan dream collapses, Barzani not to remain President

Kurdistan dream collapses, Barzani not to remain President

Masoud Barzani is the first president of Iraqi Kurdistan elected in 2005. Some MPs were barricaded in their offices on Sunday evening.

The opposition Goran party which had sought Barzani's resignation and a "government of national salvation" opposes the redistribution of the presidency's powers proposed by the major Kurdish parties, the KDP and its rival Kurdish Patriotic Union (PUK), deputies said.

Hawrami said Barzani could remain in office if mandated to hold the post until the next Kurdish presidential elections are held. Kurdish presidential elections originally scheduled for July were moved to November, and no political parties have yet submitted candidates to run against Barzani.

Barzani's step came after the military and political defeat that touched the Region following the September 25 referendum on independence, opposed by Baghdad, Ankara and Tehran, in addition to the worldwide community. Downcast, the long-time Kurdish leader blamed the central government in Baghdad for the regional crisis that followed the independence vote."They (Baghdad) used the referendum as an excuse".

Barzani condemned the United States for failing to back the Kurds.

"Our people should now question, whether the USA was aware of Iraq's attack and why they did not prevent it".

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Kirkuk was among territory seized by Kurdish forces when the Iraqi military abandoned the city in the face of Daesh advances in 2015 but is not within the borders of the KRG's autonomous territory.

Tensions have been running high between Baghdad and Erbil after the Kurds held a controversial referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region and the disputed areas.

On Monday, Iraqi forces took over Kirkuk from Kurdish elements. "Nobody stood up with us other than our mountains".

Abadi also wants to take control of the border crossings between the Kurdish region and Turkey, Iran and Syria, including one through which an oil export pipeline crosses into Turkey, carrying Iraqi and Kurdish crude oil. Kirkuk was considered to be a key source of revenue for their would-be independent state.

French President Emmanuel Macron has urged dialogue between Baghdad and the Kurds, telling Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in a phone call Saturday that "everything possible should be done to avoid fighting between Iraqis", the presidency in Paris said.

He demanded on Thursday that the Kurds declare their referendum void, rejecting the KRG offer to suspend its independence push to resolve a crisis through talks, saying in a statement: "We won't accept anything but its cancellation and the respect of the constitution".

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