Halbousi Named Speaker in First Session of Iraq’s Newly-Elected Parliament – World news

The move is seen as the first step toward forming a new government.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 a lawmaker.After the brief adjournment, the…

The move is seen as the first step toward forming a new government.

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 a 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.

The parliamentary elections were held on October 10, the fifth in Iraq since 2003, when a US-led military invasion ousted the regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

They were originally planned to be held in 2022, but the date was brought forward…

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