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Iraqi Kurds may have long dreamed of founding their own state, but the independence referendum set for Sept. 25 has also exposed divisions between their autonomous region's main cities.Many even say the vote should have been held years ago, given that the region has been de facto autonomous since 1991 .The planned referendum has angered the Kurds' international allies and the central government in Baghdad, which sees it as violating the constitution.Monday, the Iraqi Supreme Court ordered an immediate suspension of the referendum until it can examine complaints that the plebiscite is unconstitutional.After all, supporters of the referendum argue, the oil-rich northern region has been effectively autonomous since the 1991 Gulf War, with its own institutions, budget and Parliament.But in Sulaimaniyah, which has a history of opposing Irbil's authority, many people are upset that the referendum is being held at all.
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