Iraqi MPs agree on top leadership posts
After months of political deadlock, Iraq's parliament convened Saturday to select top leadership posts. Before the session, Shiite lawmaker Ridha Jawad Taqi said all sides agreed on a package deal for the top spots: Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, would remain as president for a second term, with Sunni Tariq al-Hashimi and Shiite Adil Abdul-Mahdi holding the two vice-president spots.
In its first vote, lawmakers elected Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, a Sunni, parliament speaker, the AP reported.
Meanwhile, Shiite MPs have endorsed compromise candidate Jawad al-Maliki for the premiership, a leading Shiite politician said. "The political body of the alliance met today and approved the candidacy of Jawad al-Maliki as the prime minister," said Abdel Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution in Iraq.