Incumbent Speaker of Parliament Salim al-Jabouri said in his speech during the inauguration of the first parliamentary session that the previous parliament had worked in tandem with the executive branch in the fight against "the worst enemy of humanity, ISIS”, Rudaw reported.
“Power needs to be handed over per democracy, and our own desires shouldn't be involved,” emphasized the Sunni politician.
He added that the parliament's work is greatly hampered by weak laws and regulations limiting its legislative power, but despite the obstructions, there have been achievements.
Jabouri apologized to the people for the reforms in Iraq being stalled and taking too long, emphasizing that economic growth, and rebuilding has to start now.
Sunni areas were the most devastated by the ISIS conflict.
At the conclusion of his speech, he called on the oldest MP-elect, 79-year-old Mohammed Ali Zaini, to preside over the first session of the new parliament.