As Iraq gets new president, car bomb kills 21
by Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press and Sameer N. Yacoub, Associated Press
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In this Thursday July 29, 2004, file photo, Fouad Massoum speaks during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq. Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum was named Iraq’s new president on Thursday, Massoum, 76, one of the founders of President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party, known as PUK, accepted the position after winning two-thirds of the votes, noting the “huge security, political and economic tasks" facing the government. (AP Photo/Mohammed Uraibi, File)
In this Thursday July 29, 2004, file photo, Fouad Massoum speaks during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq. Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum was named Iraq’s new president on Thursday, Massoum, 76, one of the founders of President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party, known as PUK, accepted the position after winning two-thirds of the votes, noting the “huge security, political and economic tasks" facing the government. (AP Photo/Mohammed Uraibi, File)
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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a double car bombing in central Baghdad has killed 21 people and wounded 33, hours after lawmakers elected the country's new president.

Police officials say the bombs went off minutes apart on Thursday near a restaurant in central Baghdad's busy commercial Karradah neighborhood as people were gathering to break their daily fast for the holy month of Ramadan.

Dark smoke billowed over Baghdad at dusk as ambulances ferried victims from the site.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.

Earlier in the day, Iraqi lawmakers elected veteran Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as the nation's new president, as they struggle to form a new government amid the militant blitz that has engulfed much of northern and western Iraq.



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