So, Iraq has a president. It's good news, of course - but does anyone else find it interesting that the Iraqi Parliament is electing its officers and government by a secret ballot?
The whole point of representative democracy is that representatives are held accountable by the electorate for their behaviour - including their vote. The election of a government is one of the most significant votes representatives can make, and one on which they should expect to be held accountable. The use of the secret ballot seems deliberately designed to thwart this.