Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region held parliamentary elections in September 2018, but divisions between the two dominant political parties have since prevented government formation (MEES, 5 October 2018). But talks this week between the KDP and PUK have resulted in an agreement for the new parliament to meet for the first time on 18 February. Parliament ought to then elect a speaker and two deputies.

Parliament convening will also enable security chief Masrour Barzani to take up his...