PM-designate Masrour Barzani refutes reports of ministerial selections

Despite announcements about Anfal, transport ministries
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister–designate Masrour Barzani (File)

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SULAIMANI – The media office of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister–designate Masrour Barzani said on Monday (June 24) that the final slate of ministerial nominations has not yet been completed.

“Several local media outlets have been speculating about the selection of some nominees for the ninth Kurdistan Regional Government cabinet, but such news is nothing more than speculation whatever  the intent behind it is,” the media office said.

 “No candidates will be counted as settled before they are submitted to the Kurdistan Regional Government prime minister-designate and recognized as such.”

 However, Barzani and other Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) officials have already revealed several selections. During a June 17 press conference, Barzani said that the Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party (KDSP) had been promised the position of the KRG Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs.

On Monday, KDP Political Bureau member Hemin Hawrami confirmed to party-affiliated media that the KDP’s selection had been finalized. Hawrami also revealed that the KDP head in Ainkawa Anno Jawhar has been selected as transport and communication minister, instead of one of the MPs occupying a seat reserved for Christian parties.

(NRT Digital Media)