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Iraqi parliament convenes to elect a new speaker

Iraqi parliament convenes to elect a new speaker
2024-05-18 13:09
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Shafaq News/ The Iraqi Parliament convened on Saturday to elect a new Speaker, replacing Mohammed al-Halboosi who was dismissed last year.

Shafaq News Agency correspondent said that Acting Speaker Muhsen al-Mandalawi opened the session after a quorum of 180 lawmakers from various parliamentary blocs was reached. The parliament was scheduled to vote on electing a new Speaker.

The parliament also voted to extend the current legislative term for 30 days and finalized the discussion and voting on the draft law on official holidays

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Lawmakers proceed with speaker election amid four-way contest

Lawmakers proceed with speaker election amid four-way contest
2024-05-18 14:26
 
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Shafaq News/ The Iraqi parliament began proceedings on Saturday to elect a new speaker to replace Mohammed al-Halboosi, who was removed by a court ruling, amidst a competition involving four candidates.

The parliamentary media office announced in a brief statement that "the process of electing a new Speaker of the Council of Representatives has commenced."

According to information obtained by Shafaq News Agency, the race for the speaker position is primarily between Salem al-Issawi, the candidate of al-Siyada, al-Azm, and al-Hasm alliances, and Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, the candidate of the Takadom, who is supported by most blocs within the Shiite Coordination Framework.

In addition, Amer Abdul Jabbar and Talal al-Zobaie were nominated, with al-Zobaie later withdrawing from the race and endorsing Mahmoud al-Mashhadani.

Earlier, a parliamentary source informed Shafaq News Agency that the Takadom, Sadiqoun, Badr, State of Law, and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, along with independent lawmakers from Kirkuk and the Babylon Movement led by Rayan al-Kildani, will all vote for Mahmoud al-Mashhadan

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Al-Mashhadani leads in the parliament speaker race: source

Al-Mashhadani leads in the parliament  speaker race: source
2024-05-18 14:08
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Shafaq News/ A source on Saturday revealed that Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, the candidate from the Takadom (Progress) alliance, is leading the race for the Iraqi parliament speaker position.

Recent updates suggest he is the frontrunner to succeed Mohammed al-Halboosi, who was removed from office by a judicial decision.

The source informed Shafaq News Agency that blocs including Takadom, Sadiqoun, Badr, State of Law, and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, as well as lawmakers from Kirkuk, are all expected to vote for al-Mashhadani.

"The parliamentary majority is leaning towards voting for al-Mashhadani as the new Speaker of the Council of Representatives," the source stated.

Earlier today, the Iraqi parliament convened to elect a new speaker, following the removal of Mohammed al-Halboosi nearly six months ago.

The source revealed that individual lawmakers are holding meetings independently from their bloc leaders to choose the new speaker.

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Parliamentary blocs discuss postponing session after failed speaker election, seek Supreme Court guidance

Parliamentary blocs discuss postponing session after failed speaker election, seek Supreme Court guidance
2024-05-18 16:49
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Shafaq News / A parliamentary source reported, on Saturday, that the Presidency of the Iraqi Parliament and leaders of parliamentary blocs are discussing postponing the session to elect a new Speaker of Parliament following the failure to elect a replacement for Mohammed al-Halbousi.

The source told Shafaq News Agency that "discussions are currently underway between the Presidency of the Parliament and leaders of parliamentary blocs to explore the option of postponing the election session for the Speaker of Parliament until seeking a new interpretation from the Federal Court, after neither of the candidates obtained a majority plus one during the second round or moving to the option of a third round."

The source emphasized that "discussions are ongoing without reaching any final agreement."

Earlier today, the Iraqi Parliament failed to elect a new Speaker in the second round, which witnessed intense competition between MPs Salem al-Issawi and Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, with the former receiving 158 votes while the latter obtained 137 votes.

According to the media office of the Parliament, MP Amer Abdul Jabbar received three votes, while there were 13 invalid votes.

Following this, the Acting Speaker of Parliament, Mohsen al-Mandalawi, instructed members of the Council to "take a break," after which the decision will be made to proceed to a third round or adjourn the session until further notice.

Political circles within the Iraqi Parliament are cautiously awaiting the outcome of the session to elect a new Speaker, nearly half a year after the removal of former Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi, amid intense competition between Mahmoud al-Mashhadani and Salem al-Issawi.

On November 14, 2023, the Federal Supreme Court, the highest judicial authority in Iraq, decided to end the membership of Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi. Then, the Iraqi Parliament officially terminated his membership on November 21, 2023.

On January 13, the Iraqi Parliament held an extraordinary session to choose the new Speaker. The first round of voting ended with the victory of the "Taqaddum" party's Shaalan al-Karim with 152 votes out of 314. MP Salem Al-Issawi followed him with 97 votes, MP Mahmoud Al-Mashhadani with 48 votes, MP Amer Abduljabbar with six votes, and MP Talal Al-Zobaie with one vote.

However, due to verbal altercations inside the council hall, the session was adjourned without completing the election process

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Iraqi Parliament adjourns amid chaos: Failure to elect Speaker leads to physical altercations

Iraqi Parliament adjourns amid chaos: Failure to elect Speaker leads to physical altercations
2024-05-18 20:51
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Shafaq News / As speculated, and in a recurring scenario, the Iraqi Parliament adjourned its session on Saturday evening to an unspecified date after failing to reach a decisive third round in the election of its president.

The competition remained intense between the Siyada bloc’s Salem Al-Issawi and the Taqadum Bloc-backed Mahmoud Al-Mashhadani.

The scene did not differ much from January 3, 2024, as leaked by MPs about today's session, marked by verbal altercations, and physical scuffles, reminiscent of events witnessed and reported five months ago, orchestrated by members of the Taqadum Party under the leadership of Mohammed Al-Halbousi.

MPs' smartphones captured heated verbal exchanges and physical confrontations between members of the Taqadum Party and colleagues from other blocs over the election of the parliament's president.

Mishaan al-Jubouri, a leader in the Siyada Party, posted on the X, " When the quorum reached 190 deputies, Taqadum’s MPs set up a barrier between the seats and the presidency platform."

Al-Jubouri added that "MP Haibat Al-Halbousi from Taqadum assaulted Muthanna Al-Samarrai, the head of the Azm bloc, prompting MP Ahmed al-Jubouri to strike Haibat."

This incident highlights the tensions and physical confrontations that marred the proceedings during the parliament's session.

Prior to this, MPs from Taqadum demanded amendments to the parliament's internal regulations before proceeding with the voting round, fearing Salem Al-Issawi's potential victory in the third round, according to a parliamentary source.

While the quorum was complete, several Taqadum MPs opposed proceeding with the vote unless the internal regulations of the parliament were amended.

These demands led to chaos inside the council, escalating later into physical brawls and verbal abuse between MPs from the Taqadum Party and others from different blocs, as shown in leaked footage.

Yet again, the Iraqi Parliament failed to elect a new president in its second round of voting, which saw intense competition between Al-Issawii and Al-Mashhadani. The former garnered 158 votes while the latter received 137 votes.

Against the backdrop of this vote convergence, a state of division prevailed among political blocs. The Siyada and Al-Azm, alongside others aligned with them, as well as MPs supporting Salem Al-Issawi, insisted on continuing the session and initiating a third round to elect a new parliament president.

However, other blocs, including the State of Law, Taqadum, and Al-Sadara, supporting Mahmoud Al-Mashhadani for the parliament presidency, pushed for postponing the session to a later date, according to a parliamentary source.

Notably, on November 14, 2023, the Federal Supreme Court, the highest judicial authority in Iraq, decided to end the membership of Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi. Then, the Iraqi Parliament officially terminated his membership on November 21, 2023.

On January 13, the Iraqi Parliament held an extraordinary session to choose the new Speaker. However, due to verbal altercations inside the council hall, the session was adjourned without completing the election process.

Nearly half a year after the dismissal of Al-Halbousi, the parliamentary council has again failed, for the fifth time, to settle the issue, thereby stalling the enactment of crucial legislation.

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2 hours ago, NoviceInvestor said:

So I’m guessing that with the failure to elect a new Speaker there will be a short notice postponement of the expected “extraordinary’ meeting on Sunday - 🤔

 

Probably.   This people can’t get out of their own way.   

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2 minutes ago, Goggles said:

How on earth did they extend parliament sessions for 30 days without a parliament speaker?? 😶 

 

They have a speaker, just not a permanent one.  He’s temporary or acting. Hopefully they can still vote on the budget tomorrow since it doesn’t matter who is the speaker but we know how these people operate. 

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