Masrour Barzani, head of the Iraqi Kurdish region's national Security Council, casts his vote during Kurds independence referendum in Erbil, Iraq September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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The succession of two powerful cousins to the top government posts in Iraqi Kurdistan has sealed the Barzani family's "monarchic" rule over the autonomous region, analysts say.The region's Parliament Tuesday named Masoud's eldest son Masrour Barzani, 50, as the region's new premier after seven years as its top security official.He succeeds his 52-year-old cousin Nechirvan, sworn in as president the previous day.Their party, the Kurdistan Democratic Party, was founded by the cousins' storied grandfather Mustafa. And while the clan's domination of the KDP was long apparent, their rise through democratic means clinches its control over public institutions.The 'real boss'With the cousins in command, analysts expect the KRG's decision-making process -- and the policies themselves -- will be increasingly influenced by family politics.'One, big, warring family'The phenomenon of family rule is not limited to the KDP, with the PUK, too, dominated by the Talabani family.
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