A spokesman of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK, president Talabani's party) announced that Barham Salih will submit his resignation from his position as Iraq's deputy PM. Salih will be be tasked with forming the new cabinet in Kurdistan, according to the spokesman. He will be replacing the current PM Nechirvan Barazani (KDP) who occupied the position since 2006.
The PUK and KDP have an agreement to rotate the prime minister post in the Kurdistan regional government between the two parties every four years.
The Iraqi minister of water resources, Abdul-Latif Jamal Rasheed is expected to serve as acting deputy PM until a new cabinet is formed in Baghdad.