Iraqi PM Abadi formally demands suspension of Kurdistan independence vote

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 18, 2017 6:53 AM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has formally demanded that the Kurdistan region suspend its plan to hold a referendum on independence, planned for Sept. 25, his office said on Monday.

The Iraqi Supreme Federal Court approved Abadi's demand to consider "the breakaway of any region or province from Iraq as unconstitutional", his office said in a statement.

The court is in charge of settling disputes between the central government and the regions, including Kurdistan, but it has no means to implement its orders in the Kurdish region, which has its own police.

(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; additional reporting by Firouz Sedrat in Dubai; Editing by Gareth Jones)