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Iraqi PM Orders Taking Down Kurdistan Flags in Kirkuk

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi on Wednesday ordered the authorities in Kirkuk to take down the Kurdistan flags in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk.

The order came a day after the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) raised Kurdistan flag over its Kirkuk branch office, but it was later removed by Hashd al-Shaabi or Iraqi police forces, as reports revealed.

PUK’s move, however, was also mocked inside the Kurdistan Region as a faction within the party is accused of collaborating with Baghdad against the Peshmerga forces in October 2017 to remove the Kurds from Kirkuk and hand over the province to the Iranian-backed militias.

According to a statement by prime minister’s press office, Abdul-Mahdi made the order to Barham Salih and other PUK officials over the phone on Wednesday.

He encouraged the PUK to consult the Federal Court of Iraq in order to decide whether hoisting Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk would be a violation against the Iraqi Constitution or not. Source