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Iraqi Kurdistan Cabinet finally sees daylight after 9 months

The new prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government has a Cabinet now, with all but one ministerial position filled.
Masrour Barzani (5-R), the new Prime Minister of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, meets with members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), in Arbil on June 16, 2019. (Photo by SAFIN HAMED / AFP)        (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani presented his new Cabinet July 10, vowing to institute reforms and reinvigorate the semi-autonomous government in Erbil, Iraq.

Three main parties in Iraqi Kurdistan were able to reach an understanding on their ministerial nominations to finally form the new government: the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Gorran (Change) movement. Parliament now has confirmed 21 ministers for the Cabinet, though the controversial post of the natural resources minister remains vacant.

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