Last updated: 23 July, 2014

Kurds agree on Fuad Masum for Iraq president  

Veteran Iraqi politician Fuad Masum was almost guaranteed to become Iraq’s next president after the main Kurdish blocs in parliament agreed on his candidacy Thursday.

According to an unofficial power-sharing agreement, the position of federal president goes to a Kurd and Masum edged his rival Barham Saleh during a vote Kurdish MPs held behind closed doors in a Baghdad hotel, an official told AFP.