Iraq parliament elects Talabani president

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November 11, 2010 22:33

 
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BAGHDAD — Iraqi lawmakers have elected Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as president despite a dramatic walkout by a Sunni-backed bloc.

Talabani was immediately sworn in.

Talabani's election was part of a deal hammered out by Iraqi lawmakers to end an eight-month deadlock over who would lead the new government.

The Sunni bloc's lawmakers had demanded that before parliament vote on the president, it vote first to formally dissolve decisions by a De-Baathification program purging former members of Saddam Hussein's ruling party which had barred three of their members from taking part in government positions.

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