Abdul Latif Rashid elected as President of Iraq

The Iraqi Parliament has appointed Kurdish politician, Abdul Latif Rashid to lead the country. Abdul Latif Rashid won over 160 votes against 99 for the incumbent Saleh. 78 years old Abdul Latif Rashid is a British-educated engineer who served as the Iraqi minister of water resources between 2003 and 2010. Outgoing President Saleh reportedly walked out of the parliament building as the votes were tallied.

Who is Abdul Latif Rashid?

  • Rashid was born in 1944 in the northeastern Sulaymaniyah region of Iraq. 
  • He studied civil engineering at the University of Liverpool in 1968. 
  • He went on to complete his engineering doctorate in 1976 from the University of Manchester.
  • He served as the minister of water resources between 2003 and 2010 and as the senior adviser to the President.

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