Iraq Sunnis fail to agree on parliament speaker nominee
Parliament will convene on Saturday to elect assembly speaker along with two deputies
By Ali Jawad
Sunni political blocs have failed to agree on a nominee for the post of speaker of Iraq’s newly-elected parliament, a lawmaker said Wednesday.
“We’re still considering nine different people for the nomination,” MP Mohamed al-Khaledi, head of parliament’s Sunni Bayariq al-Khair bloc, told Anadolu Agency.
Al-Khaledi himself is a nominee for the post, along with eight other Sunni politicians, including former Defense Minister Khaled al-Obaidi and current Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi.
On Saturday, parliament will convene to elect a new speaker and two deputies.
Last week, parliament postponed the election of a new speaker to mid-September after a number of lawmakers decided to boycott the vote.
Within 30 days of its first session, which was held last week, parliament should elect -- by a two-thirds majority -- the country’s next president, according to Iraq’s constitution.
The new president will then task the majority bloc in parliament with drawing up a government, which must be referred back to the assembly for approval.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.