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Fouad Massoum new Iraq president

Fouad Massoum new Iraq president

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Iraqi MPs have elected Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as president, succeeding Jalal Talabani.

Photo taken from tweet of knwe.net
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Massoum, 76, is a founding member of Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party.

Since 2003 Iraq's president has always been a Kurd, while the prime minister is a Shia and the parliamentary speaker drawn from the Sunni Arab bloc.

Iraq is facing a radical Sunni insurgency and is struggling to agree on a new coalition government.

The presidency is the second major government post to be filled, after Salim al-Jabouri was elected as parliament speaker last week.

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