Iraqi state legislature holds first session since elections

The renewed Iraqi parliament held Sunday its first session in the capital Baghdad, almost three months after legislative polls.
The parliament, Anadolu news agency reported citing Iraqi state-run news agency INA, is due to elect a speaker and two deputies during Sunday’s meeting. Lawmakers will later elect a new president who will task the largest bloc with forming the government.
The session, the agency added, was chaired by MP Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, 74, the oldest member of parliament. Millions of Iraqi went to polls on October 10 to renew the parliament. Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s bloc came first through the process after winning with 73 seats in the 329-member house.

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