Iraq gets a new President
Fouad Massoum, a veteran Kurdish leader, has been elected as the President of Iraq.
Points to Know
- The war-torn country, with this, took another stride towards forming a unified government to take on the rampaging ISIS that controls Sunni-dominated territory of the country.
- Under an informal power-sharing agreement, the role of president goes to a Kurd, speaker of parliament to a Sunni, and the position of prime minister to a Shiite.
About the Man
- He succeeds his close aide Jalal Talabani as such.
- Both have been the founding members of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.
- He had served as the first prime minister of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region in 1992.
- Much like India, President's post is largely ceremonial in Iraq and the executive power lies with PM.
- Its to be seen that under the new unified regime who gets to replace Maliki as such.
- The pro-Sunni militancy has split the Iraqi society down the middle along sectarian line.
- Much of the fall-out is repercussion of pro-Shia regime of incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki whose ouster is certain now.
- With much of Sunni land in its kitty and battle slowing into a stalemate, ISIS has started bombing campaign in the capital Baghdad - a Shia majority region.