The Iraqi Parliament holds a session to elect its new president

The Iraqi Parliament holds a session to elect its new president

2024-01-13 06:10

The Iraqi Parliament holds a session to elect its new presidentShafaq News/ Acting Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mohsen Al-Mandalawi, opened today, Saturday, the first session of the current legislative term, which is related to electing the Speaker of the House of Representatives to replace the deported Muhammad Al-Halbousi.

Shafaq News Agency correspondent said that Al-Mandalawi opened the session after the quorum was reached with 260 deputies present.

On Friday, the representative of the “Taqaddum” parliamentary bloc, Fahd Al-Rashed, confirmed that the only candidate from his bloc to fill the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives is Shalan Al-Karim.

Al-Rashed told Shafaq News Agency, “Saturday’s session is dedicated to electing the Speaker of the House of Representatives to replace Muhammad Al-Halbousi, and that there is more than one candidate to fill this position, including Representative Salem Al-Issawi, Mahmoud Al-Mashhadani, Shalan Al-Karim and other candidates.”

He added, “The only candidate from the (Taqaddum) party is MP Shalan Al-Karim, while MP Salem Al-Issawi is the candidate of the (Sovereignty) coalition, and Mahmoud Al-Mashhadani is the candidate of the (Al-Azm) coalition.”

Al-Rashed explained, “The (Taqaddum) Party officially informed the coordination framework and the Kurdish blocs that its only candidate is Representative Shalan Al-Karim.”

The number of candidates for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives reached five representatives:

Mahmoud Al-Mashhadani

Salem Al-Issawi

Shaalan the generous

Talal Al-Zubaie

Amer Abdul Jabbar

While the sixth candidate, Abdul Rahim Al-Shammari, withdrew before the session was held.

The day before yesterday, Thursday, the Presidency of the House of Representatives set the date for a session to elect a new Speaker of Parliament to replace former President Muhammad al-Halbousi.

The Parliament’s Media Department issued an agenda received by Shafaq News Agency, setting today, Saturday, January 13, as the date for electing the new Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Since the end of Al-Halbousi’s membership in the House of Representatives, the House has held several sessions to elect a new speaker, but the issue was not raised in those sessions due to the heads of the political blocs not agreeing on the alternative candidate.

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