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Voting starts in Iraqi Kurdistan's independence referendum

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 00:39

Voters head to the polls in an independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, ignoring the threats and fears of further instability. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Voting started on Monday (September 25) in an independence referendum organised by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, despite regional and international fears that it would stoke instability and violence across the Middle East. Polling stations opened their doors at 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT) and should close at 6:00 p.m. The final results should be announced within 72 hours. The vote, expected to deliver a comfortable "yes" for independence, is not binding and is meant to give Massoud Barzani's KRG a mandate to negotiate secession of the oil producing region with Baghdad and the neighbouring states.

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Voting starts in Iraqi Kurdistan's independence referendum

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 00:39