Iraq: Parliament Elects New President

July 24, 2014 | 1204 GMT
The Iraqi parliament elected Fuad Masum, a Kurdish leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, as the president of the republic, state-run Al-Iraqiyah TV reported July 24. Masum won the second round of voting as part of a power-sharing agreement between various political parties in Iraq, where the president would be a Kurd, the prime minister a Shiite and speaker of parliament a Sunni. The vote comes as the Iraqi government continues to replace key positions after the Islamic State began an insurgency to split the country apart in late June.