Iraqi lawmakers elect Mohammed al-Halbousi as speaker in new parliament’s first meeting

Iraqi lawmakers elect Mohammed al-Halbousi as speaker in new parliament’s first meeting

Iraqi legislators have elected Mohammed al-Halbousi as their speaker during the newly elected parliament’s first session in what seen as the first step toward forming a new government, some three months after the Arab nation voted in hard-fought general elections.

The voting for electing the parliament’s speaker came after a brief scuffle between competing political blocs as each claimed to hold a parliamentary majority and after the acting speaker, 73-year-old Mahmoud al-Mashahadani, suddenly fell ill and was taken to hospital. This came after Mashahadani was attacked by an lawmaker.

After the brief adjournment, the parliament resumed its session and lawmakers cast their votes electing Mohammed al-Halbousi as the parliament’s speaker.

Halbousi has been the speaker of parliament since September 2018.

Parliament has 30 days to elect a president to succeed incumbent Barham Salih. The new president will then name a prime minister tasked with forming a government within a month.



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