Just a little longer. The opening session for the Kurdistan Region Parliament has been delayed until Friday. The political parties have agreed to hold the session tomorrow at 7 PM local time in accordance with Article 20 of the Parliament’s law which states lawmakers should be informed two days before holding a session of parliament. It is unclear whether the Gorran and the KIG MPs will participate or boycott the session.
Over in Kirkuk, Governor Najmaldin Karim urged not to react against those making “provocative” comments in the lead up to the independence referendum. Security forces in areas in the south of the Kurdistan Region are closely paying attention to any possible threat, especially near the disputed territories. Officials have reassured that the safety of the people remains the priority.
Lastly, thousands of people in the Kurdistan Region’s capital of Erbil yesterday held a rally in support of the upcoming historical referendum on independence. The crowds were seen dancing and celebrating in front of Shanadar Park in Erbil. At the same time, President Masoud Barzani attended a rally in Akre, where he addressed the need for further dialogue with Baghdad.