BAGHDAD - Iraq's Kurdish leaders blocked a vote on the country's proposed provincial election law Tuesday when they walked out of parliament, leaving the legislature without a quorum.
The dispute centers on Kurdish demands for a referendum in the
oil-rich city of Kirkuk on whether it should become part of the Kurds'
semiautonomous region in northern Iraq.
The Kurdish snub left only 133 lawmakers in the 275-seat
legislature. Parliament is scheduled to reconvene Thursday, but it is
unclear whether the Kurds will clear the way for the provincial
elections planned for Oct. 1.