The leaders of Iraqi Kurdistan have announced that they will be holding an independence referendum September 25, part of a plan to fully secede from Iraq and create an independent Kurdish state for the first time in centuries.
Kurdish Prime Minister Necherzan Barzani told the Times Record News in May that an independence referendum "will show the international community what the population wants." Successful or not, the referendum will be followed by parliamentary elections on November 6.
The parties that attended the meeting agreed on four major points. The date of the referendum was the first. They also agreed that, over the next three months, the parties would reactivate the Kurdish parliament, out of session since October 2015. Thirdly they would focus on improving the lives and economic conditions of Kurds, many of whom are destitute and impoverished. Fourthly and finally, they decided that the referendum would be overseen by Barzani.