Iraqi Kurdistan Region Parliament Speaker Calls for Barzani’s Resignation


Iraqi Kurdistan region’s Parliament Speaker Yousif Mohammed called on the region’s President Massoud Barzani to resign after his plot to disintegrate Iraq through an independence referendum fell flat.

“You should acknowledge defeat and leave our people to their own to decide about their fate and you shouldn’t decide the path based on your tendencies,” Mohammed was quoted by the Arabic-language Soumeriyeh news website addressing Barzani.

“Barzani who has legally and illegally grabbed power since 12 years ago will do a great favor to the Kurdistan people by his resignation,” he added.

In defiance of Iraq’s stiff opposition, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) held a non-binding referendum on September 25 on secession from the central government in Baghdad.

While much of the international community, including the United Nations, the European Union and Iraq’s neighbors, has opposed the referendum, only Israel has openly supported an independent Kurdish state.

Regional players Iran and Turkey have opposed the Kurdish referendum in Iraq, warning that the controversial vote could lead to further instability in the entire Middle East.

The regional media blamed US and Israel for coaxing the Barzani into holding the referendum

A Syrian newspaper wrote earlier this month that the terrorist groups’ defeats in the region have made the US and its allies use all their means, including disintegration of the regional states, to compensate for their failures.

The Arabic-language al-Watan daily underlined that after two years of Russia’s military assistance to Syria and its success in targeting the logistic infrastructures of the terrorist groups, which are supported by the US and the Persian Gulf Arab littoral states, the military and political situation in Syria and the region has changed.

“The Syrian government’s position has strengthened and it has now gained a major weight and a major say in any regional and international equations,” it added.

Now the Zionist regime is attempting to establish a Kurdish regime in Northern Iraq to have a foothold in the center of the Arab countries and create a knot in the resistance pivot from Iran to Iraq, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine, al-Watan wrote.

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