Iraqi Top Court: No Decision on Referendum until Hearing from Kurds

Iraqi Top Court: No Decision on Referendum until Hearing from Kurds

Iraqi Federal Supreme Court said the court could not make a decision on whether the Kurdish referendum held on September 25 is unconstitutional until it hears from the Kurdish officials.

“The court cannot give an opinion on the constitutionality or unconstitutionality of the referendum without the presence of the other side,” a spokesman for the Supreme Court, Iyas Samuk, said in a statement on Thursday (November 2).

Samuk added any decision without hearing from the other side is contrary to the provisions of Article 91/5 of the Civil Procedure Code.

Ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet more regional conflict, Kurds voted in large numbers with 72.16 percent turnout among over 4.5 million eligible voters.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said following the referendum that the government of Iraq would not discuss results of the Kurdistan independence referendum, calling on the Kurds to annul the results.