Iraqi parliament to resume sessions Monday

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The Iraqi parliament is set to resume its sessions on Monday to meet the two-week deadline put by the country's federal court, an Iraqi official television reported on Wednesday.

"I call the elected members of the Council of Representatives to attend the parliament session on Monday, Nov. 8," the state-run television of Iraqia quoted the elder speaker Fuad Masom as saying.

The resuming of the parliament meeting on Monday goes with the decision of the federal court that ordered the parliament to convene within two weeks saying the suspension of the parliament sessions for undetermined period is unconstitutional, the channel said.

The Iraqi federal court made its decision after activists from the Iraqi nongovernmental civil organizations filed a lawsuit against Masom over his decision that led the country to a complicated political crisis.

The parliament's first session opened on June 14, three months after the country's March 7 parliamentary election, but it only lasted for 18 minutes due to differences over the definition of the largest bloc and the government formation, and was delayed till further notice.

According to the Iraqi constitution, the parliament must elect its new speaker and his two deputies in the first session. Then the parliament under the new speaker must elect a new president who will later call on the candidate of the largest bloc for the prime minister post to form his cabinet.

However, the Iraqi parliamentary blocs insist to agree on the names of president, parliament speaker and prime minister, as one package before resuming the parliament session.

Source: Xinhua


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