64 new MPs swear to replace vacant seats of Sadrist movement

Iraqi lawmakers attend the first session of the new Iraqi parliament in Baghdad, January 9, 2022. (Photo: Iraqi Parliament Press Office via Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — At least 64 new members of parliament have sworn in the extraordinary session of the Iraqi Parliament on Thursday aimed to replace vacant seats of the Sadrist movement after its withdrawal.

202 MPs were presented in the extraordinary meeting of Parliament on Thursday.

The session was dedicated to replacing 73 vacant seats, left by the Sadrist movement earlier on June 12. After Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the leader of the party had ordered Sadrist’s bloc MPs to withdraw from the Iraqi political process.

The remaining nine seats will be replaced after eligible candidates applied.



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