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Parliament 1st session cannot be constitutionally postponed, MP

Iraq Sunni blocs have yet to nominate candidate for Parliament Speaker

A lawmaker for Fatah Alliance, Haneen al-Qado said on Sunday that the parliament's first session, scheduled for tomorrow and will be chaired by its oldest member, could be postponed due to disputes among political blocs over the formation of the largest parliamentary bloc and the main presidencies' posts in Iraq.

In a press statement, al-Qado said that the Parliament's inaugural session cannot be constitutionally postponed, but the current disagreement among parties over the formation of largest parliamentary bloc and the prime minister's name will inevitably prompt the oldest member to postpone the session.

The Parliament's inaugural session will be devoted to electing a new speaker, a post traditionally handed to a member of Iraq's Sunni community, and two deputy speakers.

Parliamentarians will then have 30 days to elect a new president for the country, a position that goes to a member of the Kurdish minority with at least two thirds of the vote.

Kurdish parties have yet to officially announce candidates for the top post of president.

The new president will then have 15 days to task the largest bloc in parliament to form a new government.

Last Modified: Sunday، 02 September 2018 12:11 PM