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.
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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