Iraqi Kurds march during a protest in support of the Iraqi Kurdish leader, in Arbil, the capital of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan, on October 30, 2017. AFP / SAFIN HAMED
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following riots in Kurdish regionIraq's prime minister Monday called for calm in the self-ruled northern Kurdish region after rioting the previous night following the Kurdish regional president's decision to effectively step down. The September referendum has left the Iraqi Kurdish region increasingly isolated.Barzani in a televised speech Sunday addressed the Kurdish region.Barzani's request, which was approved by the regional Parliament late Sunday, was to distribute his presidential powers among the Kurdish prime minister, the Kurdish Parliament and the judiciary.The United States welcomed Barzani's resignation and urged Iraq's federal government and Kurdish Regional Government institutions to resolve their disagreements.In the statement, Nauert stressed a U.S. desire to work with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, Barzani's nephew and a fellow member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party faction, and with Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, a member of the PUK.
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