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Rich tycoon takes on Iraqi Kurdish leaders over independence

09:14 EDT 12 Sep 2017 | Yahoo News

Rich tycoon takes on Iraqi Kurdish leaders over independenceBy Raya Jalabi SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - On the eve of an independence referendum in Iraq's Kurdistan region, one man is campaigning against a "Yes" vote which he fears could stoke tension in the Middle East. With the 5 million Kurds in Iraq who are eligible to vote united by dreams of statehood, the outcome of the Sept. 25 referendum in the autonomous region in northern Iraq is in no doubt. "A 'No' vote is better for our people, better for Kurdistan's future," the 39-year-old businessman told Reuters after a rally on Saturday in a soccer stadium in Sulaimaniya, Iraqi Kurdistan's second largest city.


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