Kurdistan referendum 'worthless' without Kirkuk Governor

Holding Kurdistan Region's independence referendum, scheduled to be held at the end of September, will be worthless, without Kirkuk, Najmaldin Karim, the governor of Kirkuk, revealed on Thursday.

In a press statement, Karim said that holding the referendum is an important step for the people of the region, noting that for this reason all parties have to participate in it.

This step also requires resolving parties' internal problems, he added.

Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met on Wednesday with political parties' representatives, lawmakers, and government officials to set the date of the region's independence referendum.

During the meeting, the region's political parties have agreed on holding the referendum on September 25.
Moreover, the semi-autonomous region will hold parliamentary elections on November 6.