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Election of Jalal Talabani as President of Iraq.



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KEVIN RUDD M.P.

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Security

7 April 2005

ELECTION OF JALAL TALABANI AS PRESIDENT OF IRAQ

The election of a Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as President of Iraq is a powerful symbol of Iraq's political transformation.

Labor also welcomes the election of former Interim President Ghazi Yawer, a Sunni Arab as Vice President.

The decision to include prominent Sunni leaders in the new Government, despite the low levels of Sunni representation in the Iraqi Parliament following the Sunni boycott of the elections, is positive development which enhances the legitimacy of the newly formed Government.

Labor looks forward to working with President Talabani and the new Iraqi Government.

Ends. 7 April 2005

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