November 13, 2010 (pdki.org) – Following many months of uncertainty after the March parliamentary election in Iraq, the country’s lawmakers agreed this week to elect the President and the Speaker of the parliament.
Iraqi lawmakers approved an agreement that aimed to bring all of Iraq’s feuding political blocs into a new government led by Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The deal ended an eight-month impasse that had stalled the formation of a new government.
Mr. Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, was voted in by Iraqi legislators as Iraq’s President. The Kurdish leader’s re-election was widely expected after a power sharing arrangement was agreed to on Wednesday.
On behalf of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan, PDKI, the Party’s Secretary-general, Mustafa Hijri conveyed a congratulatory message to President Talabani on his re-election as Iraq’s President. In his message, Mr. Hijri stated “We congratulate you on your re-election as the Republic of Federal Iraq’s President, and wish you success on taking on this important role.”
“We also hope that the Kurdish people in Iraq will fully realize all their lawful political rights under your presidency.” Mr. Hijri’s message added.
The PDKI Secretary-general also sent a message to President Massoud Barzani on his efforts in ending the deadlock in the country’s political process.
“We are delighted that your initiative resulted in the agreement of all Iraq’s political factions to form a new government, and ended the impasse that had clouded Iraq’s political ambiance for the last eight months.” Mr. Mustafa Hijri said in his message to President Barzani, Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s President.
“Yesterday was finished with triumph and ascendancy for the Kurds,” said Barzani following his landing in the Erbil airport from Baghdad referring to Thursday’s session of the Iraq’s assembly.
However, President Barzani also warned “The last four years should serve as a lesson for all of us that the next four years should not be the same,” adding that the Kurds now have an increasingly powerful role to play not only in Iraq but also in the region and the world.
President Talabani appointed Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki to form the new government and choose his cabinet within a month.
Also at this parliamentary session, Ousama Al Nujaifi was elected Parliament Speaker with Qosay Al Suhail was elected as the first deputy Speaker and Aref Tayfour was elected as the second deputy speaker.