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Iraq’s Kurdish parliament elects president for northern region

IRBIL, The parliament of Iraq's Kurdistan elected on Tuesday Nechirvan Barzani president of the region in a step that came eight months after elections.

Iraqi media reported that Barzani garnered 68 votes out of the 81 legislators who took part in the session.

The region parliament, two weeks ago, approved a bill for "activating" the presidential post.

The parliament had "suspended" it in November 2017 when the ex-president abstained from nomination.

Later on, the presidential jurisdictions were shifted to the parliament, the judiciary and the prime minister. The assembly declared "re-activating" the post last month.

Barzani, 52, is scheduled to take the oath early next month. He will later call for forming a cabinet, to be endorsed by the parliament in 30 days.

He is a member of the Democratic Party of Kurdistan, which has 45 seats in the 111-member parliament.

Source: Kuwait News Agency