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Iraq ex-premier says ‘too early’ for more regions

AFP reports:

Former Iraqi premier and head of the Iraqiya bloc Iyad Allawi on Friday said it is "too early" to form additional autonomous regions along the lines of Kurdistan in the country's north.

The Salaheddin provincial council voted on October 27 for the Sunni-majority province to become an autonomous region, sparking a furious reaction from Baghdad.

"The call to form regions ... is too early," Allawi told AFP during a visit to Arbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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