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Erbil governor dies of coronavirus; his ‘legacy of service will endure,’ PM Barzani says

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Nov 18, 2020 The governor of Iraq’s Erbil province died from the coronavirus early Wednesday in Ankara, Turkey, on the age of 42.  Firsat Sofi was elected in September 2019 within the province’s first election of a brand new governor in 15 years. He represented the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) within the regional parliament from 2013 to 2017 and was a member of the 2015 committee that drafted the Kurdistan Region’s structure.  The governor contracted the virus in late October and as his situation worsened, he was flown to Turkey’s capital on Nov. 2 for therapy. Erbil recorded 156 new instances of the virus and 9 deaths Tuesday. That brings the whole confirmed instances within the area to over 90,000 and nearly 3,000 deaths. Iraq is the second worst-hit nation within the area  behind solely Iran with a complete of 526,852 recorded COVID-19 instances and 11,795 deaths, in line with Worldometer.  Born in Erbil’s Choman district, Sofi held an necessary position in Kurdistan Students’ Union, in line with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Nechirvan Barzani. Sofi obtained a doctoral diploma in worldwide legislation from Salahaddin University-Erbil and taught legislation at Erbil’s Polytechnic University. He would later develop into a authorized adviser to the Kurdistan Region’s presidency. Barzani hailed the late governor for “serving as a competent legal expert and a dedicated member of the parliament.”  Condolences for the governor have been despatched by native and international officers, together with the governors of Sulaimaniyah and Dahuk provinces in addition to from Rob Waller, the US consul common in Erbil. “Sofi was an honest and hard-working individual,” wrote Ali Tatar, the governor of Dahuk.  KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani mentioned in an announcement that Sofi’s dying is “a great loss for the KRG.” “I have been closely aware of his loyalty, dedication and competencies in serving the city of Erbil and the Kurdistan Region,” the prime minister added, and later wrote in a tweet, “Kak Firsat’s legacy of service will endure through his contributions to all of our people, and to Erbil province in particular.” Sofi’s physique can be returned to the Kurdistan Region on Thursday and laid to relaxation in Erbil, in line with the KRG. A ceremony can be held on the Erbil International Airport and attended by senior KRG officers, together with Nechirvan Barzani and Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani. Sofi is survived by his spouse, two daughters and two sons.

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