September 25, 2017 / 11:06 AM / 5 months ago

Iraqi PM orders security services 'to protect citizens being coerced' in Kurdistan

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered security services on Monday “to protect citizens being threatened and coerced” in the autonomous Kurdish region where a referendum on independence is under way.

Abadi’s order was announced in statement from his office.

Abadi has said the vote is against the constitution and asked the Kurdish authorities to cancel it.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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