Nechirvan Barzani has on Tuesday been elected as the new President of Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
Barzani, who has served as Prime Minister of the KRG since 2006, was elected after receiving 68 votes from a possible 111 in the Kurdistan parliament, with officials in Erbil backing him to bring stability to the region and ease tensions with Baghdad.
It is expected that Barzani will nominate his cousin, Masrour Barzani, as his successor as Prime Minister of the region.
Relations have been strained between the KRG and Baghdad following the regions failed independence referendum back in 2017, however ties have been developing since the appointment of Adel Abdul Mahdi as Prime Minister of Iraq back in October 2018.
With the regions economic situation improving significantly over the last 6 months, it is hoped that the appointment of Barzani will solidify relations and accelerate political and financial stability in the region.
Source: The National