About KRG: Structure and Mission
The KRG is the authority that rules over much of the liberated area of
Iraqi Kurdistan. Its domain includes the provinces of Erbil and Duhok with
the city of Erbil as its capital. In its present form, the KRG is comprised of the
Cabinet, first formed in September 1996, and the Kurdish Parliament, which
was elected in May 1992.
|The Parliament building of the Kurdistan Regional
Government, Erbil, Iraq
The Cabinet, in addition to the Prime Minister and his deputy,
consists of 15 ministries and five ministers without portfolio. It is a
broadly-based coalition government, that in addition to the ruling Kurdistan
Democratic Party, has members from the Iraqi Communist Party, the Assyrian Movement,
the Independent Work Party of Kurdistan, the Islamic Union as well as
The Cabinet, through its ministries and departments, implements programs
that provide social services and rebuild the region's infrastructure.
KRG's mission is to give the Kurds what they have longed
and fought for: a government by the people of Iraqi Kurdistan and for the
people of Iraqi Kurdistan, an authority
that will safeguard the freedom they won so dearly in 1991 and have been struggling to preserve
|For an insight into the work of the KRG, please see the
speech given by
Mr. Nechirvan Barzani (Former Deputy Prime Minister
and now Prime Minister) on the second anniversary of the
formation of the Third Cabinet of the KRG.
The KRG works for
the rehabilitation of a land long ravaged by neglect and destruction. Through the
execution of the Cabinet's own program of development, and through full cooperation in the
implementation of UNSCR 986 (United Nations oil for food
resolution), KRG hopes to provide the region and its inhabitants a more
Paramount among KRG's tasks is maintaining the rule of law and providing
for its citizens a sense of security they have not felt in many
decades. And central to all these efforts, is KRG's commitment to fostering
internal and regional peace.
How KRG is Organized
Erbil, the capital, is the seat of both the Parliament and the
Council of Ministers. The Iraqi Kurdistan National Assembly, popularly elected
in May 1992, constitutes the functioning legislative branch of the KRG. The
Council of Ministers is the executive branch of the KRG. This branch administers the region,
implements the laws passed by the Parliament and maintains law and order
among the population.
In its fiscal policy, the Council is accountable to
the Parliament through the execution of an annual budget. The Council's
administration and governing authority extends over the people and territory
of the two provinces of Erbil and Duhok with a population of approximately two million.