October 29, 2017 / 5:05 PM / 3 years ago

Protesters storm Kurdistan parliament after Barzani announces resignation

Demonstrators and law enforcement officers are seen in front of the Kurdistan Parliament building in Erbil, Iraq October 29, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Demonstrators, some carrying clubs, stormed the Iraqi Kurdistan parliament building in Erbil on Sunday, angry at the decision of Masoud Barzani to step down from the presidency of the region, witnesses said.

Gunshots were heard as protesters who claimed they were “Peshmerga” Kurdish fighters forced their way inside the building, they said.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; editing by Andrew Roche

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