Protesters storm Kurdistan parliament after Barzani announces resignation

Iraqi Kurdish men protest as Rabon Maarouf, an independent member of Kurdistan's parliament, gives a press conference outside the parliament, in Arbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous northern Kurdish region, on Oct 29, 2017.
Iraqi Kurdish men protest as Rabon Maarouf, an independent member of Kurdistan's parliament, gives a press conference outside the parliament, in Arbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous northern Kurdish region, on Oct 29, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

BAGHDAD (REUTERS) - Demonstrators, some carrying clubs, stormed the Iraqi Kurdistan parliament building in Erbil on Sunday, angry at the decision of Masoud Barzani to step down from the presidency of the region, witnesses said.

Gunshots were heard as protesters who claimed they were"Peshmerga" Kurdish fighters forced their way inside the building, they said.

(This is a developing story.)