Iraqi Kurdistan adopts new government
The new president of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani was in France for the past two days to discuss the region's collaboration with Paris. Meanwhile in Erbil his prime minister was meeting with ...
The new president of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani was in France for the past two days to discuss the region's collaboration with Paris. Meanwhile in Erbil his prime minister was meeting with his government for the first time on Thursday 11 July. The end of a long paralysis after the failure of the referendum for independence.
Freshly invested prime minister, Masrour Barzani quickly announced the color: the priority according to him is to build closer ties with Baghdad, leaving aside the question of Kurdish independence.
His own father Massoud Barzani is however the instigator of the referendum of September 2017 on independence. A referendum that cost Kurdistan the loss of the oil city of Kirkuk at the hands of the Iraqi army. A military response from Baghdad to Kurdish independence.
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Since then, the two main political parties in the region have blamed each other for the dark period of the Kurdish civil war. Nechirvan Barzani was elected president in a parliamentary vote boycotted by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) of the late President of Iraq Jalal Talabani.
Finally the government is well composed of members of the two parties PDK and UPK. The solution of this crisis was at its source: Kirkuk. The PDK of the Barzani family , winner of the autumn legislative elections, has agreed to support the UPK candidate for the post of governor of Kirkuk on the Iraqi scene. This was the only condition for the PUK to once again agree to help the Barzani maintain leadership of the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
The KDP obtained nine ministries, in addition to the post of prime minister, that of his chief of staff, and the post of president of Kurdistan, attributed to Masrour Barzani's cousin, Nechirvan Barzani. The UPK manages six portfolios and Jalal Talabani's son, Qubad Talabani, retains his post of Deputy Prime Minister.