Iraqi President, Barham Salih, has arrived in Erbil today in order to conduct meetings with senior officials in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). According to KRG officials, the meetings aim to resolve disputed between Baghdad and Erbil.
As part of the Humanitarian Initiative week, which was announced by public Iraqi figures, the Iraqi President Barham Salih said that he will make a payment to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) after being challenged by Iraqi comedian Ahmed al-Basheer.
Following the heavy rainfall last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi has asked the country's crisis unit and province governors to take the necessary measures to reduce the damage of the flooding. The Nineveh province was especially affected by the flooding, with dozens of houses being swept.
The President of Iraq, Barham Salih, announced that his country plans to launch a reconstruction agency that will rebuild the infrastructure left destroyed in the wake of ISIS militants and build a new deep-water port and rail network.
A compromise candidate, Adel Abdul Mahdi, has 30 days to form a cabinet and present it to parliament for approval. His designation ends the months-long political deadlock in Iraq following the May elections.
The veteran secular Kurdish politician Barham Salih belonging to the PUK was elected on Tuesday as Iraq’s next president. Salih won 219 votes to defeat a challenge from Fuad Hussein from the rival KDP. The post of Iraq's presidency has been customarily allocated to the Kurds.
The two largest Iraqi Kurdish political parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), are likely to agree eventually on a presidential candidate, but in the meantime several hats are in the ring.