Fouad Massoum Elected as President

By John Lee.

The Iraqi parliament has elected Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum [Fuad Massum] as president, succeeding Jalal Talabani.

The 76-year-old is a founding member of Mr Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party.

Associated Press reports that Massoum is considered a soft-spoken moderate, known for keeping good relations with Sunni and Shiite politicians.

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

The next step will be for Massoum to select a candidate for prime minister to try to form a new government.

(Sources: BBC News, Associated Press, PUK)

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