The ongoing conflict in Iraq has displaced millions of people and destroyed much of what they had left behind.
Stepping down after 12 years in office, Masoud Barzani leaves behind a region in flux following his decision to hold a referendum on administrative independence for the KRG.
The appeal followed a warning from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi to the Kurdish Regional Government, calling on the KRG not to involve the PKK in the dispute over Kirkuk.
Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani confirms he will step down on November 1, and asks the parliament to fill the vacancy in power in northern Iraq as Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga start a new round of talks to resolve conflict in the region.
Barzani sent a letter to the KRG parliament asking to distribute his powers among the regional government.
Baghdad 's seizure of Kirkuk and swathes of northern Iraq has left the Kurds defeated, divided and displaced.
The Peshmerga deployed amid KRG fears of Iraqi government troops and militia moving against the city. The Iraqi military denied it had launched operations south of Kirkuk, but said it was moving to mop up in areas recently liberated from Daesh.
Support for the semi-autonomous Kurdish region's independence referendum was generally opposed with the notable exception of Israel.
KRG's airspace was closed on Friday for international flights on the orders of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi in response to the referendum that was also criticised by the United States, Iran, Turkey and the UN.
All of Erbil's foreign flights will be suspended from Friday as retaliation for Monday's vote in support of independence – Iraqi officials.
Analysts say that the KRG can not establish an independent state in northern Iraq without the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, which is included in the “disputed areas” according to the Iraqi constitution.
Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region will hold a referendum on September 25 to ask people if they are in favour of an independent state. But is a 'Yes' vote enough to declare independence?
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