Iraq's parliament today reelected Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as president despite a walkout by a Sunni-backed bloc.
Talabani was immediately sworn in. His election was part of a deal agreed by lawmakers to end an eight-month deadlock over who would lead the new government.
Talabani said he will ask incumbent Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to form the next government.
The parliament session then adjourned.
Maliki now has 30 days to form the government.
Lawmakers from the Sunni-backed Al-Iraqiyah alliance had demanded that before parliament vote on the president, it vote to formally end the de-Baathification program purging former members of Saddam Hussein's ruling party.
Their demand was rejected, and parliament continued in their absence.
Osama An-Najeifi of the Al-Iraqiyah alliance was elected speaker of parliament with 227 votes out of 325.
Al-Iraqiyah leader, former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, was expected to head a new council in charge of strategic policy.
A parliament vote on the government could still take several weeks, as the factions work out the details of who gets what posts.
compiled from agency reports