15 December, Friday


Iraq issues arrest warrants for KRG election commission

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The Iraqi Supreme Court issued arrest warrants on Wednesday for the president and members of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Supreme Election and Referendum Commission.
 
The provisional commission formed in the Iraqi Parliament on Oct. 7 submitted a bill to the Supreme Court to reduce the status of the 10 Kurdish parliamentarians who voted in the referendum.
 
On Monday, Iraq’s Council of Ministers announced that legal procedures had been initiated against all KRG employees involved in organizing last month’s poll.
 
The KRG held an illegitimate referendum on Sept. 25 despite sharp opposition from most regional and international actors -- including the U.S., Turkey and Iran -- who had warned that the poll would distract from Iraq’s fight against terrorism and further destabilize the already-volatile region.
 
In the two weeks since the referendum, Baghdad has taken several retaliatory measures against the KRG, including a ban on all international flights into the Kurdish region and the closure of foreign diplomatic missions based there.

Yeni Shafak

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