Q&A: Sherwan Zrar, Kurdistan voting commission spokesperson

Beyond the political debates swirling around the KRG independence referendum is a fundamental logistical question: are the resources in place to hold the vote as scheduled?
Q&A: Sherwan Zrar, Kurdistan voting commission spokesperson
Sherwan Zrar, spokesperson for the Kurdistan Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission, at a press conference in Erbil Aug. 14, 2017. (HAMIT HUSEYIN/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

SULAIMANIYA - As leaders of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region push to hold a referendum on independence, scheduled for Sept. 25, some of them are entertaining the possibility of delaying the vote.

When a Kurdish delegation visited Baghdad recently, they received a litany of requests from top politicians to postpone. The influential governments in Tehran, Ankara, and Washington have also expressed opposition to the referendum campaign.

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