Iraq confirms Shawis to become deputy of PM Maliki

Iraq's parliament confirmed a new deputy PM, naming long-time Kurdish politician Shawis to become the second of PM al-Maliki's two deputies.

Iraq confirms Shawis to become deputy of PM Maliki

Iraq's parliament confirmed a new deputy prime minister on Monday, naming long-time Kurdish politician Ross Nouri Shawis to become the second of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's two deputies.

Kurdish lawmaker Sami al-Atrushi said lawmakers voted to name Shawis to join Rafie al-Esawi, a Sunni Arab, as deputy prime minister to Maliki, a Shi'ite Arab.

Shawis replaces Barham Salih, who became the prime minister of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region following Kurdish parliamentary elections last year.

Shawis is a veteran politician from Iraq's Kurdish minority and a senior member of the Kurdish region's Kurdistan Democratic Party. He has served in a number of Iraqi government positions since the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Since then, certain posts have gone to certain ethnicities and sects in a bid to bring elements from across Iraq's diverse population into the political process. But some politicians are suggesting the quota system should end after Iraq's upcoming national elections in March.

Reuters
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