Ballot boxes are seen after a fire at a storage site in Baghdad, housing the boxes from Iraq's May parliamentary election, Iraq June 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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With parliament summoned to elect a new Iraqi president, the Kurds' two historic parties are for the first time contesting the post which is reserved for a Kurd.The election in Baghdad could take place as early as Monday, a day after parliamentary polls in autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan and one year after the Kurds' ill-fated independence referendum.The presidency has been reserved for the Kurds since Iraq's first multi-party elections in 2005, held two years after the US-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.Unlike most Kurds, he is a Shiite, a factor likely to win support from members of the Shiite-majority parliament.In Iraq, the speaker of parliament is always a Sunni Arab while the prime minister is Shiite and the president a Kurd.
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