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Firsat Sofi approved as new governor of Erbil

New Governor of Erbil, Firsat Sofi (NRT Digital Media)
2019-09-12

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SULAIMANI — The Erbil Provincial Council on Thursday (September 12) approved Firsat Sofi as governor with 27 out of 28 members voting in favor.

He is a member of the locally dominant Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and a former parliamentarian, but not a member of the council.

Council member Saman Satar said that “due to the size and close relationship with the executive branch of the government, the KDP holds the majority of the seats on the council. So Firsat Sofi was the sole candidate for the position of governor and no other party revealed any intention of suggesting a candidate.”

He replaces Nawzad Hadi, who had held the post for the last fifteen years.

This spring, the Kurdistan Parliament amended the provincial council election law so that a candidate can be appointed as governor, even if they are not an elected member of the provincial council.

(NRT Digital Media)