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As Iraqi calls to amend constitution rise, Kurds fear loss of political gains

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is concerned that forthcoming Iraqi constitutional amendments will diminish their rights and lead to the loss of Kirkuk.
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The Iraqi parliament decided Nov. 3 to form a temporary committee to propose amendments to the Iraqi Constitution. The move is a bid to meet the demands of protesters, who have taken to the streets across Iraq since October to call for radical reforms, including amending the constitution and the resignation of the current government.

The semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq is worried the amendments will seek to terminate its constitutional federal status, which could lead to its loss of the disputed and oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

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