Barzani resigns, leaving unstable vacuum

As lawmakers scrambled to contend with the KRG president's abrupt resignation and reassign his powers, Barzani supporters attacked Parliament.
Barzani resigns, leaving unstable vacuum
Demonstrators gather outside the Kurdistan Parliament building in Erbil on Oct. 29, 2017. (AZAD LASKHARI/Reuters)

ERBIL - Iraqi Kurdistan fell deeper into political turmoil Sunday as acting President Massoud Barzani announced his resignation and violent protesters stormed the regional Parliament building.

In a written statement delivered to Parliament, Barzani confirmed his tenure will end Nov. 1 – a victim of the independence referendum he championed, after which the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) lost control of Kirkuk and nearly half of its oil production.

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