Iraqi-Kurdistan President Barzani Votes in Independence Referendum

Kurdish President Masoud Barzani voted in Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence referendum on September 25.

Despite regional pressure to call off the vote, local polls opened at 8 am (local time). While the vote is non-binding, it would give Barzani the mandate to negotiate secession with Iraqi government forces, Reuters reported.

Online voting for diaspora Kurds opened September 23. Credit: Facebook/Rudaw via Storyful