BAGHDAD (AA) – The Iraqi parliament on Saturday voted to make it possible for the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) to nominate a presidential candidate.
The decision was adopted by 203-62 votes, the parliament said in a statement.
Saturday’s decision will allow the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which has 31 seats in the 329-member parliament, to nominate a candidate for the post after their candidate, former Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, was disqualified by a court ruling.
Last month, the Iraqi parliament failed to elect a new president amid a boycott of most parliamentary blocs due to differences over presidential candidates and the government formation.
The election of a president is an important step towards forming a new government following the Oct. 10 parliamentary elections.
Under a political norm since 2006, a Kurd is elected for Iraq’s presidency, while a Sunni heads the parliament, and a Shia takes the prime minister position.