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Iraqi lawmakers elect Abdul Latif Rashid as new president

The often-deadlocked parliament chose a veteran Kurdish politician as president, who in turn designated Muhammad Shia al-Sudani for the prime minister position.
An undated image of Rashid.

Following a year of political deadlock since general elections in October 2021, Iraqi lawmakers today elected a new president as part of the process to form a government.

The parliament session was attended by over 260 of 329 members, thus reaching the necessary two-thirds quorum. Some independent MPs  boycotted the session because lawmakers have not reached an agreement with the Sadrist faction.

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