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KDP names picks for Iraqi Kurdistan government

The conflict between the two main Kurdish parties in Iraq could make for political maneuvering among the smaller parties as Iraqi Kurdistan seeks to form a new government.
Masrour Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Regional Government's Security Council, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Erbil, Iraq, November 6, 2016. To match Interview MIDEAST-CRISIS/MOSUL-SECURITY REUTERS/Azad Lashkari - S1AEULGZEIAA

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) nominated on Dec. 3 its picks to lead the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Erbil, Iraq, and will now enter into negotiations with the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party to form the KRG government.

The KDP nominated Masrour Barzani for the KRG premiership and Nechirvan Barzani for the presidency. Masrour leads KRG intelligence and security and is the son of former KRG President Massoud Barzani; Nechirvan, the current prime minister, is Massoud's nephew.

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