President of Iraqi Kurdistan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"President of Kurdistan" redirects here. For other uses, see President of Kurdistan (disambiguation).
President of Kurdistan
Flag of the President of the Kurdistan Region.svg
Flag of the President of the Kurdistan Region
Seal of the President of the Kurdistan Region.svg
Seal of the President of the Kurdistan Region
Mesud Barzani.jpg
Incumbent
Massoud Barzani

since June 14, 2005
Style His Excellency
Appointer Elected
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Jalal Talabani (de facto)
Massoud Barzani (de jure)
Formation 4 July 1992 (de facto)
14 June 2005 (de jure)
Website www.krp.org
Coat of Arms of Kurdistan.svg
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Iraqi Kurdistan

The President of Iraqi Kurdistan is the head of the Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq. He is part of the Kurdistan Presidency Council.[1]

1992–2005[edit]

After the Iraqi Kurdistan legislative election, 1992 resulted in the two main parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan winning 50 out of 100 seats they decided to move on without President.[2]

In 1994 a civil war broke out resulting in the creation of two Kurdistan regional governments, a KDP controlled one in Arbil and a PUK controlled one in as-Sulaymaniyah, they each had their own president:[2]

PUK-controlled part[edit]

President of the PUK run Kurdistan Regional Government:[3]

Name Portrait Born-Died Entered office Left office Political party
1 Jalal Talabani Jalal Talabani.jpg 1933– 4 July 1992 14 June 2005 Patriotic Union of Kurdistan

KDP-controlled part[edit]

President of the KDP run Kurdistan Regional Government:[3]

Name Portrait Born-Died Entered office Left office Political party
1 Massoud Barzani Mesud Barzani.jpg 1946– 31 August 1996 14 June 2005 Kurdistan Democratic Party

2005–Present[edit]

After an official reconciliation between the KDP and PUK in October 2002,[4] parliamentary elections were held on January 30, 2005 and on June 14, 2005 the KDP-leader Massoud Barzani was sworn by the parliament in as new president.[5] In 2009 the system was changed to elect the president and on 25 July 2009 presidential elections were held resulting in Barzani's re-election.[6]

President of Kurdistan Regional Government:

Name Portrait Born-Died Entered office Left office Political party
1 Massoud Barzani Mesud Barzani.jpg 1946– 14 June 2005 Incumbent Kurdistan Democratic Party

See also[edit]

Iraqi Kurdistan after the 1998 cease-fire. Green area controlled by the PUK, Yellow area controlled by the KDP

References[edit]