After a year of deadlock, the Iraqi Parliament elects a President of the Republic

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After a year of deadlock, the Iraqi Parliament elects a President of the Republic

The new Iraqi President, Abdoul Latif Rashid

Iraqi parliamentarians have succeeded in electing a President of the Republic , which puts an end to a serious political crisis that has shaken the country for a year.

This is Abdoul Latif Rachid, 78, a Kurdish politician, who was Minister of Water Resources from 2003 to 2010. He won the vote against former President Barham Salih, who was running for a second term.

Immediately after his election, Mr. Rashid appointed Mohammed Chia Al-Soudani as Prime Minister.

Several times minister and coming, as tradition dictates, from the majority Shiite community in Iraq, the new prime minister has 30 days, according to the Constitution, to form his government.

Since the October 2021 legislative elections, the country's political leaders failed to agree on a new president or appoint a prime minister.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Ned Price welcomed the president's election and called on all parties not to resort to violence while reiterating support of the United States.

For the moment, the Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr has not reacted to this election. Mr. Sadr, who was one of the actors in the crisis, has been calling for the dissolution of Parliament and early legislative elections in recent months.

He had then demonstrated his ability to destabilize the political spectrum by mobilizing tens of thousands of demonstrators, who occupied Parliament for several days.

With information from Agence France-Presse, and Reuters

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