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Iraq picked up by the president

April 6 2005

Iraq took another step towards democracy - there is elected president . The newly created Iraqi parliament chose Kurdish leader, the permanent head, "Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Jalal Talabani, who will now lead the country. Adel Abdel Mahdi (Shiite) and Ghazi al-Yawer (Sunni) were assigned, respectively, the substituents. Prime minister in the near future may take a Shia, Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

The elections largely formal, since their outcome was a foregone conclusion for several weeks before the official deadline for the vote.

Among the priority tasks formed the government and parliament - prepare the constitution and the holding of a referendum in the autumn on the basic code of laws of the country.

On the eve of the meeting of the National Assembly of Iraq Embassy U.S. in Baghdad reminded American citizens in the country, about security measures. "There is a high risk of attacks by insurgents seeking to undermine the elections," - said in a statement.

At the time, while political processes go their way, in separate incidents killed at least four U.S. soldiers, Iraqi security and civilian. The death toll in Iraq reached 1,542 Americans.

On Tuesday in Baghdad was kidnapped by Iraqi Army Brigadier General. The details are still not reported.

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