President of autonomous region Masoud Barzani informs parliament as disputed territory is lost to Baghdad forces

Masoud Barzani, the president of the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq, has told a closed-door session of parliament he was stepping down amid the fallout from a controversial independence referendum.

“After 1 November , I will no longer exercise my functions, and I reject any extension of my mandate,” the 71-year-old said in a letter read out to MPs in the Kurdish capital, Erbil, a copy of which was obtained by Agence France-Presse.

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