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Opening the door for candidacy for the post of President of the Republic Monday 10 January 2022 333 Baghdad: Muhammad Al-Ansari The elected Speaker of Parliament, in its fifth session, Muhammad al-Halbousi, announced the opening of the door for candidacy for the position of President of the Republic and to vote on it within 15 days. Al-Halbousi officially assumed his duties in a new term to head parliament after his election in the first session on Sunday. His first deputies, Hakim Al-Zamili, and the second, Shakhwan Abdullah, were also elected. Yesterday evening, Sunday, the Parliament's media department stated that 228 deputies voted to choose the Speaker of Parliament, with Al-Halbousi receiving 200 votes, and his rival Mahmoud Al-Mashhadani with 14, while 14 ballot papers were counted as invalid. The House of Representatives elected Hakim al-Zamili to the position of the first deputy speaker of parliament in its fifth legislative session, as he obtained 182 votes, while his rival, Representative Hamid al-Shiblawi, won 34 votes, while 11 ballot papers were considered invalid. Shakhwan Abdullah also won the position of second deputy speaker of Parliament, after MP Sarwa Abdel Wahed competed with him. Abdullah received 180 votes, while Abdul Wahed received 33 votes, and 13 ballot papers were considered invalid. At the end of yesterday's session late, the "Sadr Bloc" submitted to Al-Halbousi the names and signatures of the most numerous parliamentary bloc. The first session was held yesterday afternoon in the presence of 325 deputies, headed by the president of the constitutional age, Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, and the deputies took the constitutional oath. After that, Representative Ahmed al-Asadi from the "Coordination Framework" submitted a book to the president of the age, including the signatures and names of 88 deputies, as they are the most numerous bloc. As a result of Mr. Al-Mashhadani's apology due to a health condition, MP Khaled Al-Daraji chaired the session because he was an old reserve after the apology of MP Amer Al-Fayez. The Coordination Framework Bloc rejected the outcomes of yesterday’s session, which ended with the selection of the parliament’s presidency, and confirmed in a statement after its deputies and other deputies left the session, that it provided the President of the Age with the names and signatures of the largest bloc, and confirmed that the bloc would resort to the constitutional, legal and judicial context. In addition, the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, and Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, congratulated the elected Speaker of Parliament, Muhammad Al-Halbousi, and his two deputies, Hakim Al-Zamili and Shakhwan Abdullah. capable of serving the aspirations of our Iraqi people." Al-Halbousi also received cables of congratulations on the occasion of his election from the Speaker of the Arab Parliament, Adel bin Abdul Rahman Al-Asumi, and the Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim. In turn, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, made a phone call to Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi and his two deputies, as well as President Khaled al-Daraji, in which he congratulated the brothers on their victory and the success of the parliament session, urging them to make double efforts to assume the responsibility placed upon them. And tireless work for the interests of Iraq and its people. Al-Sadr had said yesterday evening in a tweet: "The selection of the Speaker and his two deputies is the first indication of the government of the national majority."