Iraqi lawmakers settle on Kurd for presidency with Sunni, Shiite VPs

Iraqi lawmakers settle on Kurd for presidency with Sunni, Shiite VPs

[JURIST] Members of Iraq's National Assembly [Wikipedia article] Tuesday reached agreement on a president and vice presidents for the transitional government. Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani [BBC News profile] will be named president Wednesday, while Shiite Adel Abdul Mahdi and Sunni Ghazi Yawar [BBC News profile] will serve as vice presidents, lawmakers said. The agreement signals progress in what has been a politically charged and slow process of forming a government in the months following the first elections in Iraq [JURIST news archive]. Leaders also said that Islamist Shiite leader Ibrahim Jaafari could be named as prime minister by Thursday. Reuters has more.