The Iraqi Parliament voted on Tuesday to reject Kurdistan Region’s planned independence referendum, a decision which was immediately boycotted by the Kurdish lawmakers in Baghdad.
Kurdish member of Iraqi Parliament, Ashwaq Jaf, insists that the decision is “a violation against the Iraqi constitution itself”.
“Referendum is a decision made by the people of Kurdistan; and, according to articles 3, 5 and 46 from the bylaw, the Iraqi parliament cannot make decisions against the public voice.
Kurdish parliamentary factions have all boycotted the decision, which, according to MP Khoshawi Khalil, was proposed by 80 Shi’ite and Sunni Arab lawmakers.
Kurdish MPs are now in a meeting to jointly issue a statement and officially reject the decision.
MP Khalil told reporters that they will not return to the parliamentary sessions until the decision is cancelled.