Iraqi Parliament Elects Speaker

By John Lee.

Iraqi MPs have elected Sunni lawmaker Salim al-Juburi [al-Jabouri] as the new speaker with 194 votes in the 328-seat parliament.

According to a report from Al Jazeera, it was unclear whether al-Jubuuri's election indicated that a larger agreement had been struck among political blocs for the posts of president and prime minister.

The parliament has 30 days from the time it elected its speaker to pick a new president, and another 15 days to elect a prime minister.

Under an informal agreement that took hold after the 2003 US-led invasion, the speaker's chair goes to a Sunni, the presidency to a Kurd and the prime minister's post to a Shia.

(Source: Al Jazeera)

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