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June 18, 2014

ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq',— Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region formed a new government Wednesday after months of wrangling, with premier Nechirvan Barzani using the occasion to call for defending disputed northern territory.

"Today we announce the formation of the government in complicated circumstances," said Nechirvan Barzani, the nephew of the region's president.

The division of ministries was not immediately clear, but the government includes the Gorran (Change) movement, which had been in opposition.

Previously, the government was formed by the historic duopoly of Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan PUK of ailing Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

Negotiations have run since regional parliamentary polls in September, as top parties vied for posts.

The members of the 8th Cabinet sworn into posts Wednesday are:

Prime Minister- Nechirvan Barzani 
Deputy Prime Minister- Qubad Jalal Talabani 
Minister of Health- Rekawt Hama Rasheed
  
  

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research- Dr. Yousf Guran
Minister of Reconstruction Darbaz Abdulla Rasul
Minister of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs- Mahmud Salih Kareem
Minister of Culture and Youth- Khalid Abdel Rahman Ahmed Muhammad Doski 
Minister of Interior- Abdel Kareem Sultan Abdulla 
Minister of Planning- Ali Haji Othman Badri Sndi
Minister of Natural Resources- Abdulla Abdel Rahman Abdulla 
Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation- Abdel Sattar Majeed Qadir 
Minister of Finance- Rebaz Muhammad Abdullah 
Minister of Electricity- Salahden Babkr Muhammad Sulaimani 
Minister of Trade and Industry- Samal Sardar 
Minister of Religious Endowments- Kamal Muslim 
Minister of Municipalities- Nawruz Mawlood Muhammad 
Minister of Justice – Sinan Abdel Khaliq Ahmed Chalabi 
Minister of Education- Pishtewan Salih Abdullah 
Minister of Peshmerga- Mustafa Qadir Mustafa 
Minister of Transport and Communication- Jhonson Seyaiwsh 
Head of Kurdish areas outside Kurdistan Region borders Fatih Muhammad Sulaiman Ahmed 
Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Nasraden Saeed Mustafa 
Minister of Region Mawlod Bawa Murad 
Minister of Region for Parliament Affairs Muhammad Hawdiyani 

Barzani also said that: "As we needed (Kurdish unity) in the year 2003 to protect the gains of our people,www.Ekurd.net today we need the same stance to protect the areas of Kurdistan outside the administration of the region."

He was referring to the 2003 overthrow of dictator Saddam Hussein, and then to northern territory that the Kurds want to incorporate into their autonomous region, over the strong objections of the federal government in Baghdad.

A major militant offensive that began on June 9 has afforded the Kurds the opportunity to seize a swathe of this disputed territory, with Baghdad ill-positioned to do anything about it.

Federal security forces have either withdrawn or been swept aside by militants in various parts of northern Iraq. That has left the way open for Kurdish troops to move in, but this has put them in the line of fire from militants.

On Wednesday, Kurdish regional president Massoud Barzani called on retired fighters from the Kurdish Peshmerga security forces to sign up again to "support the Peshmerga forces and prepare for all possibilities."

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