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Iraq top court rules to suspend Kurdish referendum

Kurdistan Regional Government is planning to hold independence referendum on September 25.

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Iraq's top court has ordered the suspension of the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) planned referendum on independence.

The Supreme Court declared the ruling on Monday, which calls for all preparations for the September 25 vote to be halted, following a review of multiple "requests to stop the referendum".

"The supreme court has issued the order to suspend organising the referendum set for September 25 ... until it examines the complaints it has received over this plebiscite being unconstitutional," it said in a statement.

Haider al-Abadi, Iraq's prime minister, had previously demanded the suspension of the referendum.


READ MORE: UN's Guterres urges Kurds in Iraq to scrap referendum


At least three legislators have filed complaints against the planned vote, a parliamentary source told Reuters News Agency.

"We have received several complaints, and this is why we decided to suspend the referendum," said Ayas al-Samouk, a court spokesman.

The KRG, which governs the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, has said a pro-independence vote would not trigger an immediate secession.

Massoud Barzani, president of the KRG, said a "yes" result would instead kick-start "serious discussions" with Baghdad.

The Iraqi government and several other countries, including the United States and Turkey, have opposed the referendum.

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