Head of Iraqi factions to convene aimed at selecting date for presidential election

A picture taken on September 3, 2018 shows a general view of the Iraqi parliament during a meeting in the capital Baghdad. – Iraq’s parliament convened today with a populist cleric who triumphed in May elections allying with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to try to form a government and sideline pro-Iran rivals. (Photo by SABAH ARAR / AFP) (Photo credit should read SABAH ARAR/AFP via Getty Images)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Iraqi Council of Representative presidency has directed an invitation letter late on Saturday to the head of the parliament factions in order to convene.

In a statement the presidency has announced, “It calls for the head of the parliament factions to be present at the parliament building on Monday, July 18”, adding “the meeting take place 11:00 a.m. local time”.

“The purpose is to select a day for the elections of Iraq’s president inside the council of representatives,” it said.

The invitation came after Saturday the Shiite coordination framework demanded the Iraqi to Parliament hold a session this week regarding Iraq’s presidential election, saying “the constitutional entitlements must be completed”.

Political disagreement since the end of the latest general election which was held in October 2021, has hindered the parliament to elect the president of the country. The Iraqi council of representatives had failed three times due to a lack of quorum and boycotting the sessions by the MPs.

Iraq’s prime minister Position remains vacant unless the president is already elected and appoints a figure, then the cabinet can be formulated according to Iraqi law.

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