July 24, 2014 / 11:51 AM / 3 years ago

Iraq parliament elects senior Kurdish politician Fouad Masoum as president

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BAGHDAD, July 24 (Reuters) - Iraq's parliament elected senior Kurdish politician Fouad Masoum as president of the country on Thursday, the second step in the process of forming a government.

Iraq's politicians have been in deadlock over forming a new government since an election in April. The next step, choosing a prime minister, may prove far more difficult.

Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has ruled since the election in a caretaker capacity, defying demands from the Sunnis and Kurds that he step aside for a less divisive figure. (Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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