TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -A Kurdish opposition group that opposed the recent referendum on secession from Iraq on account of poor timing, has called for the Kurdistan Regional Government leader to resign.
Gorran, or the Movement for Change, called for a "national salvation government" in a statement posted to its website, saying the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) "must be dissolved".
KRG leader Masoud Barzani, the party said, "refused to listen to our demands and those of Baghdad", leaving the Kurdish region "with another terrible crisis".
"What has happened now does not demonstrate the failure of our people and the Kurdish nation, rather it is the defeat of the authority and officials who caused the biggest crisis and disaster to the Kurdish people," the statement said.
People in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq voted on September 25 in a controversial referendum, amid rising tensions and international opposition.
The US and other Western allies of Iraq had urged Barzani to cancel or postpone the vote.
More than 92 percent voted "Yes" to secession, with turnout at almost 80 percent.
The referendum set off a chain of events, culminating in a military confrontation between Erbil and Baghdad.
Iraqi government forces launched a major operation in Kirkuk on October 16 aimed at re-taking the Kurdish-held city, advancing towards oil fields and a strategic military base.
The Kurdish collapse was sudden.
The decision to hold the referendum in the face of near-universal condemnation now appears to have been a colossal miscalculation, analysts said, with Barzani vastly overestimating the KRG's political and military heft and undermining his own legitimacy.