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Iraqi parliament elects second deputy speaker

Bashir al-Haddad becomes second deputy speaker by obtaining 185 out of 282 votes

Iraqi parliament elects second deputy speaker

By Ibrahim Saleh


The Iraqi parliament on Sunday elected Bashir al-Haddad as second deputy speaker.

The candidate of the Democratic Party of Kurdistan Bashir al-Haddad won the post of second deputy speaker by obtaining more than 185 out of 282 votes, according to Anadolu Agency's reporter.

Iraq's parliament on Saturday elected Sunni politician Mohammed al-Halbusi as assembly speaker and the Shia MP Hassan Karim al-Kaabi as the first deputy speaker.

Earlier this month, the newly-elected parliament postponed the election of a new assembly speaker to mid-September after a number of lawmakers decided to boycott the vote.

Under Iraq’s constitution, the majority bloc in parliament has the right to draw up the country’s next government.

According to results of Iraq’s May 12 parliamentary poll, Muqtada al-Sadr's Sairoon Coalition won 54 seats, followed by a Hashd al-Shaabi-led coalition (47 seats) and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's Victory Bloc (42 seats).

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