Dilovan Idris Barzani, twin brother of the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, passed away on Monday 2nd . The 51-year-old died of a heart attack in Erbil.
Born on September 21, 1966, in Barzan, did not have a governmental post, but was a social figure, taking part in events and often representing Nechirvan Barzani.
Following the collapse of the KDP-led September Revolution in mid 1970s that sought to secure a Kurdish-enclave in Iraq, Dilovan Barzani joined the ranks of the Kurdistan Student Union of the KDP, the ruling party founded by his late grandfather Mullah Mustafa Barzani.
The KDP members then soon regrouped to stage yet another armed struggle against the Iraqi regime, which became known as the Gulan Revolution.
Dilovan Barzani helped to regroup the student union, often through organizing cultural, sports, and political activities, although he was just a teen.
He was particularly interested in collecting documents about the Kurdish struggle, including video tapes and items related to the struggle of the Barzani family. Preparations are already underway for his burial in Barzan, next to the tomb of his late father, and Grandfather Mullah Mustafa Barzani.
Numerous memories and condolences received in these days. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi extended his condolences for the death of Dilovan Barzani, in a phone call with PM Nechirvan Barzani, as well as all Iraqi parties. Iraqi President Fuad Masum arrived in Erbil along with Vice President Ayad Allawi and other representatives from Baghdad to participate in the funeral.
KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani expressed his condolences as well as Kosran Rasul, and the PUK’s politburo.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan conveyed his condolences to Kurdistan Region Prime Minister in a telephone call on Wednesday. Erdogan's call follows that of Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister.
Jon Wilkis, British ambassador to Iraq, sent a letter expressing his condolences from the UK, sharing his appreciation for the efforts and patriotism of the deceased.
The co-chairs of Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) also sent a letter of condolence to the PM, saying that the deceased worked to bring about social justice.
The US State Department, Consulate General in Erbil, and Ambassador to Iraq offered their condolences to PM Barzani and his family.
Also Igor Sechin, the head of the Russian-state owned oil and gas company has extended his condolences to the KRG Prime Minister. Russia's Ambassador in Iraq separately also expressed his "heartfelt condolences."