Iraq Kurd leader Barzani delays independence vote announcement

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani delayed on Saturday a scheduled news conference on a controversial independence referendum he has called for next week as pressure intensifies for a postponement.

There has been uncertainty about whether the vote will go ahead as Iraq’s key allies the United States and Iran, as well as powerful neighbour Turkey, have stepped up their opposition.

“The news conference will take place on Sunday and the time and venue will be announced later,” Barzani’s office said without elaborating.

Source: AFP

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