French President Emmanuel Macron warns that foreign interference and Islamic state are main challenges for Iraq. Macron pledged support for Iraqi sovereignty during a meeting with President Barham Salih.
After failing to reach quorum twice, PM-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, stepped down from his designation, resulting in Iraqi President Barham Salih, renewing his call for the political parties to select a new candidate for the position.
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.
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.
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.