Iraqi parliament postpones presidential election to Wednesday

The vote in the Iraqi parliament to elect a new president was postponed this Saturday, after a sufficient quorum was not achieved to carry out the election in a process that has been delayed due to the opposing positions of the parties.

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The president of the Iraqi Parliament, Mohamed al Halbusi, has been forced to postpone the vote to elect the country’s president to next Wednesday due to the absence of the minimum number of deputies to hold the session

Previously, it seemed difficult for the session to take place after several parliamentary blocs announced that they would boycott the vote.

The meeting at the Legislative headquarters comes after more than six weeks of postponing its initial session in February and five months after the early elections.

On this occasion, 202 deputies attended the plenary sessions, only 20 to reach the quorum of attendance that legitimizes the vote.

The largely ceremonial contest for the post is mainly between Reber Ahmed of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Barham Salih of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), who currently holds the post.

Under a longstanding agreement, the three main leadership positions in the Iraqi government are divided between Kurds, Shias and Sunnis. While the Kurds get the presidency, the Shiites get the prime minister position and the Sunnis get the speaker of parliament.

Once elected president, he must entrust the formation of the government to the candidate of the majority parliamentary group, which is the Sadrista Bloc, with just 73 deputies from the fragmented Legislative.

Iraqi security proceeded this Saturday to close and impose strict measures on the entrances to the Green Zone in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, before Parliament held a session dedicated to electing the country’s president.

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