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Barzani is considered to be an architect of the independence referendum held in Kurdistan on September 25.

Meanwhile, during a meeting held in Mosul Saturday with a Peshmerga delegation in the presence of the United States, an Iraqi military delegation asked that the Kurdish forces pullback to 2003 "blue line" border and to hand over all border crossings.

Massoud Barzani, the president of the northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, told a closed-door session of parliament Sunday he was stepping down amid the fall-out from a controversial independence referendum.

Hayman Hurami, the political adviser at the office of the Kurdish Region's President said that Barzani will remain a high reference in the Kurdistan Region.

Some of the protestors were seen carrying clubs. Some attacked journalists at the scene.

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The Elysee said in a statement that the two leaders "have already exchanged views several times" to seek for a diplomatic alternative to resolve the dispute between the Iraqi government and the Kurds who voted earlier this month for independence in a referendum that Baghdad said was illegal. The vote was overwhelmingly for independence and triggered the military action by the Baghdad government and threats from neighbouring Turkey and Iran.

He said the Iraqi offensives since October 16 and the refusal of the Iraqi government to agree to dialogue vindicated his view that "Iraq no longer believes in Kurdish rights".

His second term expired in 2013 but was extended without elections being held as Islamic State militants swept across vast swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.

The loss of the oilfields, which provided income that would have been critical to an independent Kurdish state, sparked recriminations among the Kurds.

November 1 had originally been slated for both presidential and legislative elections in the KRG in northern Iraq, but these were postponed in the political and military chaos that followed the referendum - which returned a massive "yes" to independence.

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The retaking of Kirkuk by Iraqi forces was a major financial blow to KRG President Masoud Barzani since it halved the region's oil export revenue.

USA -backed Iraqi government forces, Iranian-backed paramilitaries and Kurdish fighters fought alongside each other to defeat Islamic State but the alliance has faltered since the militants were largely defeated in the country.

"I will be with the people, among other dear fighters of the Peshmerga, I will continue to fight for the rights of the Kurdish people and for the preservation of the Kurds' achievements", Barzani added.

A first round was held on Friday and Saturday, with Abadi ordering a 24-hour suspension on Friday of military operations against Kurdish forces.

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