Iraq parliament postpones July 8 session

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Baghdad:¬†Iraq’s parliament postponed its session scheduled July 8 due to the failure of the political blocs to agree on the three top posts of the speaker, president and prime minster, a lawmaker said.

“There has been no consensus among the political bloc and the parliament session, therefore the session will be postponed to August,” Mohammed al-Khalidi, a Sunni lawmaker, told reporters.

The state-run Iraqiya channel said that acting Speaker Mahdi al-Hafidh decided to set Aug 12 as the alternative date of the session.

On July 1, the newly-elected parliament failed to agree on electing a new speaker and two deputies, while the acting speaker had to adjourn the session to July 8 because of chaos and many lawmakers walked out on him.

The prime minister-designate has 30 days to select his cabinet members and present the list to parliament.