The President Nechirvan Barzani on Monday 10th was sworn in as the new President of the autonomous Kurdistan Region. In a dedicated parliamentary session on May 28, 68 lawmakers from the Kurdistan Region’s 111-seat legislature voted in favor of Nechirvan Barzani as the new President of the Regional Government of Kurdistan.
In a special ceremony attended by high-level leaders and dignitaries, both local and foreign.
Also attend at the ceremony were the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu. The Turkish Minister also met with Masrour Barzani, the next Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region. Also, Eminence Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, patriarca di Babilonia dei caldei were attend to the ceremony.
Due to the increased number of guests taking part in the inauguration, the Kurdistan Parliament’s leadership opted to hold the session and ceremony in the Saad Abdullah Conference Hall in Erbil.
Barzani took to the stage to thank all parliamentarians, those who voted for him and he praised his predecessor and first President of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, for his role and 55 years of struggle to obtain and secure the rights of all Kurdistan people.
President Nechirvan Barzani mentioned that Kurdistan had proved itself and earned a seat at the table as an important player on the international scene. He added it would continue to further strengthen ties with its neighbors and other countries around the world.
“I’m honored to continue to serve the people of the Kurdistan Region & thank all those who attended my inauguration as President of the Kurdistan Region. I have taken an oath to protect the unity, rights & interests of the people of Kurdistan & will do so to the best of my ability” , The President wrote in his first tweet.
Former Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani was the first to congratulate Nechirvan Barzani on his new post as president.
Iraqi President Barham Salih, acknowledged the positive accomplishments which can be achieved when we work on interest of people. Similar words came from the influential Shiite cleric Ammar al-Hakim, who took part in the ceremony, as well as, very important, also Falih al-Fayyad - Iraqi national security adviser - addressed a wish for good work to the new president and of collaboration for the good of all the people. The ceremony ended with the solemn sworn in of the President under numerous Kurdish flags and in the name of unity.