Iraqi Supreme Court rules Kurdish referendum "unconstitutional"

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 - 10:02 GMT

Police form a line after arresting demonstrators on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, on the anniversary of the Citizens United decision, in Washington, January 20, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Police form a line after arresting demonstrators on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, on the anniversary of the Citizens United decision, in Washington, January 20, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

BAGHDAD - 20 November 2017: The Iraqi Federal Court ruled on Monday that the Kurdish independence referendum which was held on September 25 is "unconstitutional" and therefore its results are null and void, Iraqi state TV reported.

The Kurdistan Region is yet to state its position in this regard.

Iraq's Federal Court ruled earlier on November 6 that no article in the constitution allows partition or the separation of any part of the country, with the Iraqi prime minister calling on Erbil to make its position on the ruling clear.

On November 14, Erbil stated that it respected the ruling, and called for negotiations with Baghdad on the basis of the Iraqi constitution.

Erbil has so far offered to freeze the results of the vote in exchange for holding an open dialogue with Baghdad.

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