BAGHDAD, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Nechirvan Barzani was sworn in as president of Iraq's semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan on Monday, succeeding his uncle Masoud Barzani who quit in 2017 after a controversial independence referendum.
During the swearing-in ceremony in the regional capital Erbil, Barzani vowed to "defend the rights, achievements, unity and interests of the people of Kurdistan, and fulfil my responsibility properly and with loyalty."
He also appealed for cooperation with the Baghdad to "find shared solutions within the framework of the constitution of federal Iraq."
Among those in the audience were Iraqi President Barham Salih, Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and other foreign diplomats.
Barzani is expected to nominate his cousin, Masrour Barzani, son of Masoud Barzani and current security chief, to replace him as prime minister of Kurdistan.
Born in 1966, Nechirvan Barzani served the prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraqi Kurdistan from March 2012 to May 2019 and March 2006 to August 2009.