Al-Halbousi sets the parliament session to elect the President of the Iraqi Republic
The Presidency of the House of Representatives said in a statement today that it held a meeting to discuss the provisions and procedures related to the nomination of the post of President of the Republic.
During the meeting, the presidency decided to announce the names of the candidates for the post of President of the Republic who met the legal requirements on next Monday, January 31, after completing the legal procedures based on the Law No. 8 of 2012 on the provisions of the nomination for the post of President of the Republic.
In its statement, the Presidency set Monday, February 7, as the date for the House of Representatives session to elect the President of the Republic.
More than 40 people submitted their names to the Iraqi Council of Representatives as candidates for the post of President of the Republic.
According to the political custom followed throughout the previous sessions, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan has held the position of President of the Republic since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003.
But in terms of numbers, the fact that the Kurdistan Democratic Party won 31 parliamentary seats in the recent legislative elections, compared to only 17 seats for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, may reverse the equation this time.
The outgoing President of the Republic, Barham Ahmed Salih, is competing for the same position with the Kurdistan Democratic Party's candidate, Hoshyar Zebari.
The Democratic Party says that the Union nominated Saleh for the position without the approval of the rest of the Kurdish political forces, which prompted him to put forward a candidate from his side to fill the position.
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