Kirkuk - Kurdish members of the Iraqi
parliament left a parliamentary session on
Saturday after it issued a decision against
raising the Kurdistan flag on state
buildings in Kirkuk province.
The Iraqi parliament approved a decision
on Saturday to ban the Kurdistan flag in
Kirkuk, stating that only the Iraqi flag
should be raised over the government
institutions across the city.
The parliament has also decided that only
the central government in Baghdad is
authorized to deal with Kirkuk oil.
The decision led to tensions between the
Kurdish factions and the Parliament Speaker
Salim al-Jabouri. The Kurdish MPs as a
result withdrew from the session to show
their objection to the parliament’s
decision, and described the decision as
Kirkuk provincial council voted on March
28 in favour of the decision by governor
Najmaddin Karim to hoist the Kurdistan flag
alongside the Iraqi flag on the state
buildings in the city.