Today Current Affairs - Kurdish leader Massoum is new Iraq President
Iraqi Parliament has elected Fouad Massoum a veteran Kurdish leader as the country s new President. He got the support of more than two third Iraqi lawmakers on his way to become the next President.76 years old Fouad Massoum said he humbly accepts the responsibility amidst huge security- political and economic tasks facing the nation.
Under the Iraqi tradition President has to be a Kurd the Speaker of the parliament a Sunni leader and the Prime Minister has to be a Shiite leader. After the election of Speaker of the parliament and the President the last step in political transition in Iraq is the selection of a new Prime Minister.
The new President will now have to select a candidate for prime minister to form a new government. Outgoing Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki is eyeing a third term but faces stiff challenge from his rivals coalition partners and the advances made by Islamist militants in northern and western parts of the country.