Kirkuk council decides to hold annexation referendum to join Kurdistan Region

Kirkuk Governor Office

KIRKUK – Kirkuk Provincial Council members on Tuesday (April 4) voted overwhelmingly in opposition to the Iraqi Parliament’s decision to lower the Kurdistan flag over government buildings in Kirkuk and decided to hold a referendum for annexation to Kurdistan Region.

Kirkuk Council voted on Tuesday against an Iraqi Parliament decision that called on the council to remove the Kurdistan flag from flying over the governorate’s official premises.

The council members also voted on holding a referendum on the issue of uniting the region with the Kurdistan Region.

The Head of Kirkuk Provincial Council, Rebwar Talabani urged the Iraqi government to take the needed steps to conduct a referendum.

A member of the council, Ahmed Askari, said that if the Iraqi government doesn’t implement a referendum, they will turn to the United Nations and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Within the scope of Article 140 of the Iraq Constitution, Kirkuk and certain other regions should be allowed to vote on whether to join autonomous Kurdistan, after steps have been taken to allow expelled Kurds to return, and a census has been conducted.

The Kirkuk Council session came after a petition by council member, Ibrahim Khalil, collected 22 signatures backing the decision to vote on Kirkuk’s fate.

Iraqi lawmakers voted on Saturday (April 1) in opposition to hoisting the Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk during a session which was boycotted by Kurdish legislators.

The council had refused to abide by an Iraqi Parliament decision that ruled against flying the Kurdistan flag alongside the Iraqi flag over local government buildings.

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