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Iraq: Baghdad residents react to election of new President after year of political turmoil04:17

Iraq: Baghdad residents react to election of new President after year of political turmoil

Iraq, Baghdad
October 15, 2022 at 10:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

Iraq finally elected a new President this week, more than a year after its general election. Locals in the streets of Baghdad expressed their views on their new leader, as seen in footage captured on Friday.

Kurdish politician Abdul Latif Rashid was elected as President, ending a year of political turmoil and violence. Rashid named Shiaa Al-Sudani as his Prime Minister and tasked him with forming a new government.

"He is attempting to form a government as soon as possible, Why? The reason lies in the great challenges he is facing from the Iraqi people, political blocs, parties as well as external challenges, in addition to the deep-rooted problems the Iraqi people have been grappling with for over a year,” explained political analyst Jamal al-taiy.

According to reports, the presidential vote was the subject of a grenade attack which left at least 10 people injured. Despite the violence, Rashid would go on to defeat incumbent caretaker President Barham Salih by 162 to 99 votes on Thursday, October 13.

“Sudani now has the capability to address all crises in all files as a qualified, upright and above-suspicion figure as well as he is propped up by all political blocs. The message that he revealed yesterday inside the dome of the Parliament about being supported by all political blocs was clear," said researcher Ahmed Khalil Khdair.

New Prime Minister, Al-Sudani has been given 30 days following his election to form the new government.

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Iraq finally elected a new President this week, more than a year after its general election. Locals in the streets of Baghdad expressed their views on their new leader, as seen in footage captured on Friday.

Kurdish politician Abdul Latif Rashid was elected as President, ending a year of political turmoil and violence. Rashid named Shiaa Al-Sudani as his Prime Minister and tasked him with forming a new government.

"He is attempting to form a government as soon as possible, Why? The reason lies in the great challenges he is facing from the Iraqi people, political blocs, parties as well as external challenges, in addition to the deep-rooted problems the Iraqi people have been grappling with for over a year,” explained political analyst Jamal al-taiy.

According to reports, the presidential vote was the subject of a grenade attack which left at least 10 people injured. Despite the violence, Rashid would go on to defeat incumbent caretaker President Barham Salih by 162 to 99 votes on Thursday, October 13.

“Sudani now has the capability to address all crises in all files as a qualified, upright and above-suspicion figure as well as he is propped up by all political blocs. The message that he revealed yesterday inside the dome of the Parliament about being supported by all political blocs was clear," said researcher Ahmed Khalil Khdair.

New Prime Minister, Al-Sudani has been given 30 days following his election to form the new government.