Qubad Talabani Running Candidate for Deputy Prime Minister of the KRG
Jalal Talabani, the son of Iraqi presi- dent, Qubad Talabani, and a former KRG representative now based in the United States of America, was selected as a candidate for the position of Deputy PM of Kurdistan at a Kurdish Cabinet meeting.
Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani appointed three Deputy PMs, one from each of the KRG’s three main parties: the PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan), Qubad Talabani’s party, Gorran (The Change Movement), and the KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party).
This leaves Gorran in possession of four ministries, the KIU (Kurdistan Islamic Union) with two, the KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party) with seven, and all the other parties with one ministry.
According to the Iranian Media, "The position of parliamentary Speaker will be held by the PUK, but Arsalan Bayiz, who formerly held the post, cannot nominate himself for that position again. "
The Iraqi Kurdistan legislative elec- tions for 2013 were held on 21 September last year. The candidates competed for 111 seats, a further 11 seats being held for the respective minorities. Gorran (which is now the second biggest party in Kurdistan) won 24 seats, with the KDP taking 38 seats to emerge as the victor and the largest party in Kurdistan. The PUK received only 17 seats, which bumped it down to the Region’s third largest party.