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On 21 September 1966, the hope that Nechirvan Barzani (pictured) would one day rise to power in Kurdistan emerged. It was the day he was born into the Barzani family. As the nephew of Massoud Barzani, to be precise, who is in turn the son of the legendary Kurdish resistance leader Mullah Mustafa Barzani. The latter founded the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Kurdistan’s most powerful party, on 16 August 1946, the very same day that Massoud was born. Yesterday, on 28 May 2019, Nechirvan Barzani was elected President of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq.