Iraqi parliament votes against Kurdish independence referendum

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The move came after Iraq's parliament voted to remove the governor of Kirkuk, a staunch supporter of Kurdish independence.

Kareem is a vocal supporter of the referendum and campaigned for the vote also to be held in Kirkuk. "We call on them to abandon such approach and to be sane", the statement said.

McGurk's office was not immediately available to respond to comment requests by Rudaw English. "That is the only body that can remove him".

Kalin on Thursday said: "There will absolutely be consequences for this referendum decision", without elaborating further.

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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu officially endorsed Kurdish statehood ahead of a controversial referendum held in the Kurdish region of Iraq in late September. "If any authority around the world. concludes that (Iraq's Kurds) deserve or merit an independent entity of their own, we appreciate that position".

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"Parliament obliged Prime Minister Haider Abadi to take all measures that preserve the unity of Iraq and start a dialogue to address the related problems between Baghdad and Erbil", Anadolu News agency quoted lawmaker Ali al-Safi as saying, referring to the capital of northern Iraq's Kurdish region.

The vote is nonbinding, but Kurdish officials hope a strong victory will kick-start negotiations with the Baghdad government on independence.

The Kurdish presidency said the autonomous region's political leaders would study the proposal, without giving details.

"This referendum is ill-timed and ill-advised, it is not something we can support", he said, regarding the US' backing for the Sep.

The ministry added that it had welcomed the decision of the Iraqi Parliament that declared the expected vote illegal.