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Fouad Massoum new Iraq president

BBC Online

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

Photo taken from tweet of knwe.net
Photo taken from twitter

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.

Published: 6:51 pm Thursday, July 24, 2014

Last modified: 10:15 pm Thursday, July 24, 2014

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