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Iraqi president relinquishes British citizenship.

Summary: Iraqi President Fuad Masoum gave up his British passport Sunday and became the first top Iraqi official to take the constitutionally mandated step. Article 18 of the Constitution bans dual citizenship for top Iraqi government and security officials.

BEIRUT: Iraqi President Fuad Masoum gave up his British passport Sunday and became the first top Iraqi official to take the constitutionally mandated step. Article 18 of the Constitution bans dual citizenship for top Iraqi government and security officials.

Masoum, a veteran Kurdish politician, was elected to his post in July. A statement from Masoum's office said he sent a letter, along with the returned passport, to the British Embassy in Baghdad and expressed his gratitude to the United Kingdom for the passport, "which allowed him to move freely and travel during the era of [the Saddam Hussein] dictatorship" when Masoum was in exile.

The reports said a number of other top Iraqi officials, including the current prime minister and the current and former foreign ministers, are also dual British nationals.

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
Date:Dec 29, 2014
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