Iraqi-Kurdistan President Barzani Votes in Independence Referendum

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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