Kurdistan votes for independence from Iraq with 93% saying ‘yes’

Kurdistan has voted overwhelmingly to secede from Iraq, in a historic referendum which brings it one step closer to a century-old dream of statehood but risks fuelling a new regional conflict.

The referendum passed with 92.73 percent support and turnout of more than 72 percent of the 3.3 million registered to vote.

Hendrin Mohammed, the head of the Kurdish region’s election commission, declared that out of the 3 million valid ballots, 2.9 million were for independence and 224,464 were against. The rest were spoiled or disregarded.