The members of the 8th government of the Kurdistan Regional government have been sworn in today. For the past nine months the government was unable to be formed. The day the government was formed, a call was made for a levy en masse against the threat of ISIS.
A mere nine months after the elections held in South Kurdistan on September 13, the 8th government of the Kurdistan Regional Government has been formed. The elections were won by the KDP, with Goran and Jalal Talabani's PUK coming in second and third respectively.
The 24 ministers that form the new government were sworn in today in parliament to commence their new responsibilities. Necirvan Barzani is Prime Minister, while Jalal Talabani's son Qubad Talabani is Deputy Prime Minister. The post of Peshmerga Ministry is held by the Goran movement.
The formation of the government comes at a time in which ISIS has taken control of several towns and cities close to the borders of the KRG. The last few days has seen ISIS gang members carry out massacres of civilians in the region.
The newly formed government made a call for a levy on masse against the increasing threat of ISIS towards Kurdistan. Subsequently, many Kurds have flocked to army bases to register as voluntary fighters against ISIS.
The President of Federal Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, also made a call for solidarity with the Peshmergas. Barzani said "all sides must support and collaborate with the Peshmergas and Asayish forces who are protecting the lives and properties of our citizens and the gains of the people of Kurdistan".