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…