MP Ahmad al-Jabouri announced on Sunday his candidacy for Iraqi
Parliament Speaker's post.
In a statement, of which The Baghdad Post obtained a copy, al-Jubouri said, "The Decision to stand for the Parliament Speaker's post came far from sectarian quotas and favoritism".
He added, "I have every confidence that I will be elected
by most political blocs. I will seriously work to reform the legislative
institution and to activate its oversight role, in addition to rectifying the
political process's course."
Jabouri also pledged to be neutral and will not side with any partisan, regional or tribal bodies.
Iraq’s new parliament will meet tomorrow Monday for the first time since the May elections as political powers continue to tussle over forming the largest bloc at the legislature.
Monday's 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.