The parliament of the Kurdistan region of Iraq elected Vala Farid, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), to serve as the Speaker of the KRG's Parliament.
The Kurdistan Parliament elected a speaker and two deputy speakers during a session in Erbil on Monday (February 18).
Vala Farid of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will serve as Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament. KDP’s Hemin Ahmed Salih, known as Hemin Hawrami, will serve first deputy speaker.
A consensus nominee from the Turkmen parties Muna Qahwachi will serve as second deputy speaker.
New Generation nominated Sipan Salim, known as Sipan Amedi, for speaker, Kawa Abdulqadir for first deputy speaker, and Mizhda Mahmoud as for second deputy speaker.
As many as 90 lawmakers attended the parliament’s session at 3 p.m. on Monday.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) boycotted the session after being unable to finalize an agreement with the KDP, with disagreement over the Kirkuk governorship being the main remaining sticking point. PUK Spokesman Latif Sheikh Omer said the party’s caucus would not participate in the parliament’s sessions and the new cabinet until the issue of the Kirkuk governor is resolved.
The vote came after an intense few days of negotiations with the KDP concluding a deal with the Gorran Movement earlier today.
The Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) and the Kurdistan Islamic Group attended the session but they did not vote for any of the candidates. The KIU left the session later.
The election of the speaker paves the way for the formation of a new cabinet. The KDP has nominated the current Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region’s Security Council Masrour Barzani for prime minister.
The New Generation Movement will enter opposition, working through the legislature to pursue reform, rather than through the executive.
Talks are expected to continue with no timeline for the installation of the cabinet.