Nechirvan Barzani has been sworn in as president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in an inauguration ceremony that took place in the Kurdistan region’s capital, Erbil. Kurdish leaders said that the move would further cement the dominance of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
On Monday January 7th, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) announced that it would be delaying a planned meeting to discuss the formation of the new government with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
On Sunday 30th of September, the Kurdish autonomous region held an election. Voters chose from more than 700 candidates to win 111 seats in Kurdistan’s Parliament, a year after a failed independence referendum to separate from Iraq.
During the General Conference of the Unions of Religious Leaders in the Kurdistan Leader, KRG President Nechirvan Barzani warns of the spread of extremist ideology and says that his government is doing its best to counter their influence in the region.