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Iraq's Kurdish Region To Hold Constitution Referendum

June 26, 2009

IRBIL -- Iraq’s Kurdish regional parliament has approved the autonomous territory’s constitution by an overwhelming majority, RFE/RL’s Radio Free Iraq reports.

Legislature speaker Adnan al-Mufti announced after the vote on June 24 that the document was endorsed by 96 of the 97 lawmakers present.

Al-Mufti added that the constitution will next be voted on in a referendum to be held simultaneously with the region’s parliamentary elections on July 25.

Deputy Galawaish Shabu, of the Christian bloc, told RFE/RL the constitution meets the aspirations of the Christian community in Iraqi Kurdistan, including protecting their cultural rights and religious freedom.

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/Iraqs_Kurdish_Region_To_Hold_Constitution_Referendum/1763459.html

Copyright (c) 2009. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.



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