The parliament of Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) voted to formally reactivate the presidency, which has been suspended for close to 18 months, on Wednesday.
The bill passed with 82 votes and 12 against, with several abstentions. Under the new system, the Kurdish parliament will elect the president directly, as opposed to a public vote.
Sherko Jawdat and Rebwar Babky, from the... Еще Kurdistan Islamic Union (Yekgirtu) and the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) respectively, spoke to reporters outside parliament after the results became known.
The vote paves the way for incumbent Prime Minister and leader of the KDP Nechirvan Barzani to be nominated for the presidency. He is expected to select his cousin, Masrour Barzani, as candidate for prime minister.
The position of president was frozen when Massoud Barzani, uncle of Nechirvan, stepped aside after the 2017 independence referendum.