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Iraq Moves Toward a New Government With Fouad Masoum's Election as President

Kurdish Fouad Masoum has been elected as the new president of Iraq. Source: @RadawEnglish (Twitter)

Kurdish Fouad Masoum has been elected as the new president of Iraq. Source: @RadawEnglish (Twitter)

Iraq finally has a new president. Fouad Masoum, a 76-year-old Kurdish politician, has been elected to the post, following a deadlock over forming a new government since elections in April.

The appointment aims to create a new government to counter the Sunni insurgency in western Iraq, which has been under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) since the terrorist group took over Mosul, Iraq's second largest city and its surroundings, last month.

London-based Iraqi Chatham House associate fellow Hayder al-Khoei tweets:

Mustafa Kadhum, also based in London, explains:

Meanwhile, Iraqi journalist Mina Al-Oraibi, who has 19.6K followers on Twitter, comments:

But Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt welcomes the move. He tweets to his 307K followers:

The next hurdle for Iraq is an agreement on who the next prime minister for Iraq to replace Nouri Almalki should be.

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