Oct 2,ERBIL ,Iraq– The Iraqi Council of Representatives elected Barham Salih as the new President of of the trouble ridden arab nation Iraq. Barham Salih won the presidential election with 219 MP votes against a mere 22 MP votes for his rival Fuad Hussein of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
Who is Barham Salih ?
Barham Salih is a well known Iraqi politician of Kurd Descent . Dr. Salih was born in the city of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq in 1960. He has recently taken oath as the Eight President of Iraq. Dr. Barham Salih political career started in 1976 when he joined the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), later on he was elected as the head of PUK foreign relations in London.Dr Bahram Salih is a very well educated politician he holds a Doctorate degree in Statistics and Computer Applications in Engineering from the University of Liverpool.
Being a seasoned politician; Dr Bahram Salih has previously held several prestigious political appointments.In 2009, Bahram Salih was elected the Prime Minister of the Kurdistani Regional Government(Iraqi Kurdistan). He remained premier of Iraqi Kurdistan till 2012. Before being elected as the Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan in 2009; Dr Bahram Salih was serving as the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq from 2006 till August 2009.
Bahram Salih’s appointment as President of Iraq was welcomed by many but also rejected by some. Let’s see if the new leadership can drive the country out of turmoil and instability.