Iraq's parliament elected incumbent President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, for a second term on Saturday as politicians began putting together a national unity government after four months of political deadlock.
Talabani, who has spent most of his life fighting for the cause of the Kurds in northern Iraq, is the first non-Arab president of an Arab country.
"This is the new Iraq. The new Iraq is an Iraq for all," Talabani told the parliament in a brief acceptance speech.
"Iraqi unity is sacred for all, so we should all work to reinforce this national unity."
I hope this is represents the next step in the development of a new Iraq that promotes life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all its people.
For much more, Omar at Iraq the Model has a play by play description of the Iraqi Parliament's activities today.