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On Dec. 3, the Kurdistan Democratic Party announced its nominees for the offices of prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government and president of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.It also raises questions about how Masrour Barzani, who built his reputation as the strongman in charge of the KDP's intelligence agency and the Kurdistan Region Security Council, will exercise his expansive new powers to form a new government and lead the Kurdistan Region.The Presidency Law of 2005, which established the office of the Kurdistan Region presidency, gave it broad powers to represent the region abroad, command its armed forces, dissolve Parliament, and declare emergency rule.The law was a component of the 50-50 power-sharing agreement between the KDP and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, designed to give the KDP the presidential office of the Kurdistan Region while reserving the presidency of Iraq for the PUK.In a short-term compromise between the KDP and PUK, a 2013 amendment extended President Masoud Barzani's second term of office for two years pending the passage of a Kurdistan Region constitution that would delimit the scope of presidential authority.As the elder Barzani stepped down, a reinstated but weakened Parliament filled the vacuum by passing a third amendment to the presidency law, which distributed presidential powers between Prime Minister Nerchivan Barzani and Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani in an emergency effort to preserve the KDP and PUK's power-sharing arrangement.Since the KDP occupies a premiership endowed with presidential powers, it no longer needs the presidency to secure its dominance in Irbil.Masrour Barzani's nomination without consulting the PUK reveals the KDP is now less interested in balancing power with it.
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