KRG Prime Minister Barzani's Inaugural Speech

Inaugural speech by KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, at the swearing in of the seventh KRG cabinet, Kurdistan Parliament, Erbil, 5 April 2012.

Your Excellency the Speaker of the Kurdistan parliament, your Excellency Vice President of the Kurdistan Region, Excellencies Members of the Kurdistan Parliament, dear audience,

We are glad that we are present today in front of the Kurdistan Parliament to announce the formation of the seventh cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

The people of Kurdistan are the source of legitimacy of the KRG

It is a huge responsibility that has been entrusted to us, and with my dear colleague Mr Imad Ahmad and all my colleagues in the seventh cabinet, we will work hard to meet this challenge.

The people of Kurdistan are the source of legitimacy for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and today we are honoured to receive their endorsement through their representatives in the Kurdistan Parliament.

In spite of its remaining shortcomings, the Kurdistan Region has witnessed tremendous political, economic and social development. However, we will continue our efforts to fulfill our duty and the promises that have been made to our people.

We thank our dear friends Dr Barham Salih the Prime Minister of the Sixth KRG Cabinet, his Deputy Mr Azad Barwari and the members of their cabinet for the important work that they accomplished in the time that they had. Their efforts are appreciated both by us and by the people of Kurdistan.

We would also like to faithfully remember and appreciate the sacrifices of all the martyrs of the Kurdistan liberation and freedom movement. We promise to continue the struggle for the development and the prosperity of our people in their memory, for we wouldn't be here today if it hadn’t been for their struggle and sacrifices.

A strong will

Today, we have come here to the parliament of Kurdistan with a strong will. While we will continue the work of the fifth and sixth cabinets, we will also partner with the Kurdistan parliament to implement a new program, with strategies and initiatives that will take into consideration the political, economic and social changes that have taken place in recent years.

Recently, some countries of the Middle East and North Africa have a begun to see the emergence of democracy and justice. The Kurdistan Region welcomes these changes, and supports any change that is in the direction of democracy, freedom and human rights. By contrast, the Kurdish Spring began twenty years ago when the people of Kurdistan rose up, with the support of the Kurdistan political parties, and managed to end the authority of one of the most dangerous dictators of that time in our land, choosing to install the rule of law, democracy and freedom without the support of foreign countries.

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