The Iraqi parliament fails for the third time to hold a session to elect the president of the republic
The parliament had previously held two sessions, one after the election of the speaker and members of the House of Representatives, and the other last Saturday, and in both of them, it failed to achieve a quorum for holding them due to the intensification of the dispute between the Triple Alliance (the Sadrist bloc, the Kurdistan Democratic Party, the Alliance of Sovereignty), and the coordination framework that includes Shiite political forces .
And the parliament’s presidency decided to transform the session into a regular one to include on its agenda “the formation of permanent parliamentary committees.”
And the Parliament’s media department said in a brief statement, that Al-Halbousi opened the sixth regular session, without revealing the number of deputies present.
A parliamentary source told Shafaq News Agency, that the number of deputies present in the session amounted to about 152 deputies, indicating that the Speaker of Parliament sent the alarm bell to enter the deputies present in the cafeteria and offices of the parliamentary blocs for the purpose of entering the session and the completion of the legal quorum, which is 166 deputies.
The source ruled out the possibility of gathering 220 deputies in today's session to elect the president of the republic, stressing that the paragraph choosing the president of the republic was deleted from the session's agenda.
After the failure of a first attempt on February 7 last, the Iraqi parliament announced last Saturday that it was unable again to elect a president of the republic, due to the lack of a quorum of two-thirds (more than 220 deputies out of 329) due to the boycott of the coordination framework that represents prominent Shiite parties, such as the “Dawla” bloc. The Law", headed by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, and the "Al-Fatah" coalition, the umbrella under which the pro-Iranian Popular Mobilization factions fall under.
There are forty candidates for the presidency of the republic, but the actual competition is limited to two figures representing the two most prominent Kurdish parties: the current president since 2018 Barham Salih, the candidate of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, and Reber Ahmed, the candidate of the Kurdistan Democratic Party. It is assumed that the candidate gets the votes of two-thirds of the House of Representatives to win.
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