Government

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) exercises executive power according to the Kurdistan Region’s laws as enacted by the democratically elected Kurdistan National Assembly. Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzan who assumed office on 7 May 2006 leads the current government.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) was formed in 1992 by the Kurdistan National Assembly, the first democratically elected parliament in Kurdistan (and in Iraq) following the no-fly zone designed to protect the Kurdistan Region from the violence of Iraq’s former Ba’ath regime.

The KRG developed experience and expertise throughout successive cabinets, especially after the fall of the former regime in 2003. In 2006, two separate KRG cabinets unified to form the 5th Cabinet, led by current Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. The 5th Cabinet embarked upon a number of unprecedented projects and policies that were not possible in previous years.

These included the construction of international airports, a proactive oil and gas policy, reconstruction of the Region’s infrastructure, the promotion of relations with members of the international community, and greater funding for social and economic projects within the Region. The 6th Cabinet, led by Dr. Barham Salih, built upon the successes of the 5th Cabinet, promoting a number of important domestic issues related to housing, higher education, and government transparency. The 7th Cabinet has achieved some key strategic successes, none more important than developments in the field of oil and gas and a rapid influx of foreign investment.

Previous cabinets have overseen groundbreaking improvements in the delivery of basic services for citizens, including provision of electricity, infrastructure development, improvement in the provision of health and education, and an unprecedented growth in per capita GDP and standards of living.

 

The eighth cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government was sworn into office on 18 June 2014 at the Kurdistan Parliament. The cabinet consists of the following ministries and departments:

Ministries and Departments Minister
Prime Minister Nechirvan Idris Barzani
Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Jalal Talabani
Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources Abdulstar Majeed
Ministry of Culture and Youth Khalid Doski
Ministry of Education Pishtiwan Sadiq
Ministry of Electricity Salahaddin Babakir
Ministry of Endowment & Religious Affairs Kamal Muslim
Ministry of Finance & the Economy Rebaz Mohammad
Ministry of Health Rekawt Hama Rasheed

Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research

Yousif Mohammad
Ministry of Housing and Reconstruction Darbaz Kosrat Rasul
Ministry of Justice Sinan Abdulkhaliq Chalabi
Ministry of the Interior Abdulkarim Sultan Sinjari (Karim Sinjari)
Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs Mohammad Qadir
Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs Mahmoud Haji Salih
Ministry of Municipalities and Tourism Newroz Mawlood Amin
Ministry of Natural Resources

Abdullah Abdulrahman Abdullah (Ashti Hawrami)

Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs Mustafa Sayid Qadir
Ministry of Planning Ali Sindi
Ministry of Trade and Industry Samal Sardar
Ministry of Transport and Communications Jonson Siyawash
Chief of Staff, Kurdistan Region Presidency Fuad Hussein
President, Divan of the Council of Ministers Nechirvan Ahmed

Department of Media & Information / Govt. Spokesperson

Safeen Muhsin Dizayee
Department of Foreign Relations Falah Mustafa Bakir
Secretary of the Cabinet Mohammad Qaradaghi