Iraq parliament elects senior Kurdish politician president

July 24, 2014 3:27 PM

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Iraq parliament elects senior Kurdish politician president

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's parliament elected senior Kurdish lawmaker Fouad Masoum as president on Thursday, a long-awaited step in creating a new government capable of countering a Sunni Muslim insurgency.

Iraq's politicians have been in deadlock over forming a new government since an election in April. The next step, choosing a prime minister, may prove far more difficult.

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