Iraq's new parliament re-elects al-Halbousi as speaker

The new Iraqi parliament on Sunday re-elected Mohammed al-Halbousi as speaker after its first session resumed.

The resumed session was chaired by Khalid al-Darraji, second alternative to the eldest member of the parliament Mahmoud al-Mashhadani who was transferred to a hospital for a sudden health problem, while the first alternative declined to chair the session.

The session was attended by 228 lawmakers in the 329-seat parliament, who voted for al-Halbousi or al-Mashhadani for the post of the parliament speaker.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

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