Iraqi National Assembly Names Kurdish President

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Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani

Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani speaks to reporters after being elected president by the National Assembly in Baghdad, April 6. Reuters hide caption

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After a two-month delay, Iraq's National Assembly appoints veteran Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as the country's new interim president.

Officials said former president Saddam Hussein, who oppressed the minority Kurds during his reign, watched the proceedings on TV from his prison cell.

The assembly also named two vice presidents Wednesday: Adel Abdul-Mahdi, a Shiite, and Ghazi al-Yawer, a Sunni Arab.

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