Kurdistan Region's President Masoud Barzani on Wednesday, 7 March, confirmed Nechirvan Idris Barzani as the new Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government and tasked him to form the 7th Cabinet.
This follows the decision on February 17 by the Kurdistan Parliament to nominate Nechirvan Barzani for the post of prime minister and Imad Ahmed Sayfour as his deputy. Following their confirmation by the President, Mr Barzani and Mr Sayfour will have 30 days to form the Cabinet.
Nechirvan Barzani has a long and distinguished career of public service and was prime minister from 1999 to 2006 of the Erbil Administration of the KRG. He became the first prime minister of the unified government when the Erbil and Suleimaniah administrations merged. He served in this post until 2009. Mr Sayfour, also a veteran politician, was the Minister for Construction and Housing from 2006 to 2009 when he served as Deputy Prime Minister for a short time.
Mr Barzani and Mr Sayfour will replace Dr Barham Salih and Azad Barwari who have been in the posts of prime minister and deputy prime minister for two years as part of a coalition agreement between Kurdistan's two leading parties. According to the agreement, these posts and those of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament will rotate every two years. The Parliament also voted in a new Speaker, Arsalan Bayez, and Deputy Speaker, Hassan Mohammed, last month.