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Iraqi Expat

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Iraqi President Named

Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani has been named the new President of Iraq and outgoing President Ghazi Al Yawer, a Sunni Arab, and current Finance Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, a Shia, are his deputies.

BBC Profile: Jalal Talabani

Thanking parliament, Mr Talabani said it was a step towards a free, democratic Iraq after long years of dictatorship.

"We are happy that the first elected president of Iraq is coming from a community that has been persecuted for years," Shia MP Hussein Shahrastani said.

It is great that the Iraqi President is a Kurd, it demonstrate a truly plural democracy. The next step is for the presidential council to nominate a new prime minister, most probably Ibrahim Al Jaafari, who will form a new government that will require the approval of the National Assembly.

Kurdish MP and outgoing foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari said a new cabinet headed by Mr Jaafari will be approved within a few days.

Iraqi officials said Saddam Hussein and 11 members of his former regime watched the proceedings on television in jail.

"I decided that Saddam and the 11 others will watch it on the television," Iraqi Human Rights minister Bakhtiar Amin told AFP before the session.

"There will be a place in jail for Saddam and the 11 to watch the TV to understand their time is finished, there is a new Iraq and that they are no longer ruling the country; so they can understand that in the new Iraq, people are elected and they are not coming to power by a coup d'etat."


Blogger Louise said...

Love the bit about SH and his henchmen having to watch it on TV.

This is very good news for Iraq.

April 06, 2005 11:41 am  
Blogger neurotic_wife said...

Hey Ahmad, how about we send Saddam and his clans some popcorn so they can have more fun watching this historical event???

April 06, 2005 2:03 pm  
Blogger Ahmad said...

I like that very much neurotic wife :-)

April 06, 2005 2:16 pm  
Blogger Sami said...

Thanks for your comments Akhooya Ahmad, shukrun ooo asfeen about forgetting the exact date but i swear after it the iraqi community i lived in had 3 parties of celebration and a big bbq so it was hard to remeber with all the drinking and trying to find potential wives ;).... Bas those were in my immature days but i think that was my best day of my life, second being april 9 and third being today and fourth being the day qusay and uday

Its sad really that us Iraqis judge the best day of our lives on political events that helped end us of the nightmare that was 7izb il ba3ath i really enjoy ur blog and i hope that you keep up the great work... today's news was the motivation i needed to write again. :) take care oo fay mallah akhooya Ahmad

April 06, 2005 11:33 pm  
Blogger Brian H said...

I am very impressed by Zebari and Talabani; I think Iraq should be grateful for the services of both of these men. I will never forget the tongue-lashing Zebari gave Anan. It was priceless.

April 07, 2005 12:11 am  
Blogger Ahmad said...

Brain H,

Zebari proved to be one of the best ministers in the government. His performance was truly remarkable and he is doing a brilliant job.

Tip: Another good politician is the outgoing deputy PM Barham Saleh, a Kurd.

April 07, 2005 12:22 am  

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