Iraq Parliament session to postpone for three days

14:21, November 06, 2010      

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The new session of Iraqi parliament slated for next Monday will be postponed for three days, said the interim parliament speaker Fouad Masom Friday.

"It was decided that the session of the Iraqi parliament will be postponed to Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.," Masom said in a statement, stressing "all council members will attend on time."

"The decision was based on common interests of the Iraqi people, it came after consultation with all the (political) parties that are confirmed to abide by the Federal Court's decision to enter the parliament with agreement about government formation," he added.

Last month, Iraqi Federal Court ordered the country's parliament to resume as soon as possible.

The 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 would elect a new Iraqi president who will later call on the candidate of the largest bloc for the prime minister to form his cabinet.

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



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