Iraqi Parliament sets Wednesday to elect new speaker

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Iraqi Parliament sets Wednesday to elect new speaker

A session to elect a new Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament has been scheduled for next Wednesday, according to a document released by the Parliament’s media department on Monday.

The Iraqi Federal Supreme Court terminated the term of the Speaker of Parliament, Muhammad Al-Halbousi, in mid-November.

The decision was made after MP Laith Al-Dulaimi sued Al-Halbousi for forgery.

The court has decided to end the term of Al-Dulaimi, and its decisions are final without any possibility of appeal.

Since the adoption of the constitution in 2005, the Prime Minister, Speaker of Parliament, and President of the country are from different ethnic and religious backgrounds: Shiite, Sunni, and Kurd, respectively.

Since the Iraqi court issued the verdict, First Deputy Speaker Mohsen Al-Mandalawi has been presiding over the legislature.

The provincial council elections in Iraq are set to take place on December 18th.

Al-Halbousi has been Speaker of Parliament since September 15, 2018. He is the youngest Speaker of Parliament in the history of Iraq and the first to be re-elected as Speaker of Parliament.