Iraq's Newly Elected Parliament Starts First Session - Statement

A general view of the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad, Iraq, January 9, 2022. REUTERS/Abdullah Dhiaa Al-Deen

Iraq’s newly elected parliament opened its first session on Sunday, preparing the way for lawmakers to put a new government in place.

Parliament is due to elect a speaker and two deputies during its first meeting. Legislators will later elect a new president who will task the largest bloc with forming the government.

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