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Iraq's parliament postpones key session again

Iraq's new parliament on Sunday postponed again a session to fill in the vacant speakership after yet another failed attempt to resolve the differences across the nation's engulfed political spectrum.

"The session is adjourned to Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. (0800 GMT)," said Mahdi al-Hafidh, acting speaker told the lawmakers, adding that the disappointing delay was a product of the failure among various political groups to agree with each other on the candidates of the nation's three top posts; speaker, president and prime minister.

"Till now, there was no consensus on the names of the candidates, and we will have two days for more discussions," al- Hafidh said.

He urged all political elements to try hard in delivering a viable plan so as to restore the nation's political life to normality.

"The situation does not bear any delay, so I urge all the blocs to take the responsibility and to show flexibility," he said.

Earlier, the new parliament convened after midday when some 233 lawmakers out of the parliament 328 members attended the session.

They were expected to choose a new speaker after the Sunni Arab politicians managed late Saturday to pick Salim al- Jubouri a candidate for the head of the legislature. They were also expected to elect two deputy speakers later in the session.

The parliament originally was scheduled to hold its first session on July 1st, but political differences pushed it to July 8, and then to July 13.

According to the Iraqi constitution, a new president should be chosen within the next 30 days after the election of the speakership.

Following that, the new head of state will have half of month to ask the bloc with the most lawmakers to nominate a prime minister, who will be responsible for forming a new government.

The duration for a prime minister-designate to select his cabinet members, and present the list to the parliament is 30 days.

With the country's ever deepening security crisis, a new unity government is now considered vital for Iraq to counter the Sunni insurgency that threatens to split the country apart.

Iraq has been witnessing its worst security conditions that began about a month ago when armed Sunni insurgents, spearheaded by the Islamic State, an al-Qaida breakaway group, launched a surprise offensive that led to the debacle of Iraqi security forces and the fallen of a large part of the country's northern and western territories.

[Source: Xinhua, Baghdad, 13Jul14]

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