Iraq's three man Presidency Council are:
- Jalal Talabani (the Kurdish President) whose PUK political party is on shaky ground since its poor showing at the Kurdistan parliamentary elections back in the summer of this year (in part because of allegations of corruption).
- Tariq al Hashemi (the Sunni Vice President). Ostensibly Al-Hashemi obtained all the concessions he wanted in the bargaining over the elections: a greater political voice for minority Sunnis, equal voting rights for Iraqis living abroad (mostly Sunnis), and a more advantageous distribution of seats in Iraq's expanded 325-seat parliament (15 seats are set aside for religious and ethnic minorities traditionally allied to the Sunnis such as Christians and Turkomen).
- Adel Abdul-Mahdi (the Shiite Vice President). Adel would be the preferred nominee for Premier of the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq (ISCI) should that Hakim led party have preeminence.