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Dutch Kurd grabs next presidency

BAGHDAD – A Dutch Kurd has been surprisingly in addition to the presidency of Iraq seized. Fouad Hussein, after a political drama in the parliament take against Barham Salih, who is a heavy task waiting for the divided and ruined country back on its.

Barham Salih

With the choice of Salih will be a respected technocraat the next four years should keep a balance between the various ethnic and religious groups in Iraq. The president has a largely ceremonial function, but as a Kurd can indeed convey an important mediating role. He will also be the interests of America and Iran need to weigh. Both countries are trying to make their mark on Iraq button.

For Fouad Hussein, who in 1975 to the Netherlands and fled there for decades and lived, it means a bitter defeat. As for his Dutch wife, Carolien, who is now no ’first lady’.

The election of the 58-year-old Salih has recreated the intense divisions of the Kurds uncovered. It is tradition that a Kurd the presidency holds (and a shiite, the prime minister and a sunni, the presidency of the parliament), but usually slide the Kurds but a candidate forward.

This time they came with two rival parties, which for decades in a bitter conflict with each other are involved in. The tensions ran last week already in the run-up to the parliamentary elections in the Kurdish region of Iraq. According to the polls, the KDP, where Fouad Hussein is a part, won. Salih of the PUK, who by critics as pro-Iran is seen, where the KDP more on the hand of the Americans.

The KDP of former president Masoud Barzani, who was furious after the income of Salih, ran last year a serious blow when the Kurds realize their dream of an independent state, saw death, after a referendum that nobody was accepted. It brought Iraq to the brink of civil war. Now, some analysts feared that the KDP and PUK, as in the past, the weapons will take on each other.

The president must, within two weeks of a prime minister to appoint a government will form. But months after the elections, the shiites, the largest narrow forms, are unable to agree on a candidate. They are roughly divided in parties that are pro-America or pro-Iran. The opportunities of the current prime minister, the moderate Haider al-Abadi, are quite shrunk since the main shiite spiritual of Iraq against him uttered.

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