State of Iraq

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After the writing of a new constitution and a transfer of power from the U.S. Coalition Provisional Authority the state of Iraq is a parliamentary democracy. President Jalal Talabani is head of state and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is head of government.

Presidency Council

In addition to the President, there are two Vice Presidents, Adil al-Mahdi and Tariq al-Hashimi making up the Presidency Council.


There is a unicameral Council of Representatives, with 275 members elected by a closed-list, proportional representation system.

Percent of vote by "lists" or electoral slates of parties:

List/slate Percent of votes Number of seats
Unified Iraqi Alliance 41% 130 [1]
Kurdistan Alliance 22% 53
Tawafuq Front 15% 44
Iraqi National List 8% 25
Iraqi Front for National Dialogue 4% 11
Other 10% 12


  1. including the Sadrist bloc with 30 and Fadilah with 15