Iraq removes Kirkuk governor from office

Kurdistan flag raised in Kirkuk castle on the eve of the Kurdish New Year Newroz

The Iraqi parliament voted on Tuesday to reject the referendum and authorized the Prime Minister to take all the measures required to protect the country's unity.

The decision to remove the governor, Najmaddin Kareem, came after Kirkuk - an oil-rich province claimed by both the central government in Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq - chose to take part in the KRG referendum.

But hours later at a pro-referendum rally in Zakho, Barzani told those gathered that they would vote on September 25 as planned, according to local media.

Israel's leader on Wednesday said his country supports Kurdish independence ahead of a key referendum on the matter.

The Turkish government, which has recently restored diplomatic ties with Israel following years of estrangement, "is concerned that sovereignty for Iraqi Kurds would encourage its own Kurdish insurgents", says the news agency, while the United States believes a Kurdish vote "could destabilize the region and undercut the war on extremism".

In particular, Turkey, which has long battled Kurdish insurgents within its own borders, fears the referendum could encourage independence for its Kurdish minority. Baghdad has repeatedly criticized the move and the Iraqi Parliament has already voted against the referendum.

Iran and Syria also oppose the vote, fearing it could fan separatism among their own Kurdish populations.

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Israel supports the creation of a Kurdish state.

The people of KRG, especially Kirkuk, will not be bound by the parliament's decision, a presidential statement said, adding the Kirkuk governor was elected to office and approved by the provincial council.

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

Suhail gave no details about what Kareem accused of.

Hussein al-Maliki says that all Kurdish lawmakers boycotted Thursday's session, while Arab lawmakers voted in favor.

"I don't even know what the accusations are against me", Kareem told Reuters.

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