Kurds See Chance at Iraqi Presidency

Kurds Raise Poster of Talabani

Kurdish men show their support for the Kurd leader and Iraqi presidential candidate Jalal Talabani in the northern Iraq city of Suleimaniya, Feb. 17, 2005. Reuters hide caption

itoggle caption Reuters

Iraq's Kurds won an unexpectedly large share of the vote in the Jan. 30 parliamentary elections. Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani could become president of Iraq, a political move that would raise the profile of a long-oppressed people.

Copyright © 2005 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

Copyright © 2005 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.