Iraqi PM urges Kurds to ‘cancel’ referendum result

Iraq’s prime minister has demanded the Kurdistan Regional Government “cancel” the outcome of the referendum on independence that it held on Monday.

Too late.

Haider al-Abadi said he would “never discuss” the result and called on the Kurds to initiate dialogue “in the framework of the constitution”.

He also vowed to “impose Iraq’s rule” in all parts of the Kurdistan Region.

The referendum’s result has yet to be announced, but people were expected to overwhelmingly back independence.